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Police: Low budget allocation threatens 2015 election GEORGE OJI ABUJA

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he Senate Committee on Police Affairs yesterday raised the alarm that the decrease in budgetary allocations to the Force in the 2014 budget proposal may threaten the smooth conduct of the 2015 general elections. This was also as the lawmakers expressed concerns that policemen may resort to industrial actions in the event that their salaries are not paid. Chairman of the committee, Igwe Paulinus Nwagwu sounded this alarm during the budget defence of the Ministry of Police Affairs and the agencies under it at the National Assembly by the Supervising Minister, Olajumoke Akinjide. The lawmaker observed that for instance, allocation for personnel cost nosedived from N292bn in 2013 to N279bn, just as the allocation for overhead cost for the police command and formations equally took a downward turn from N7.6bn to N5.4bn. The chairman said: “As I am talking to you, this quarter, the police is unable to pay salaries, don’t forget that we are the people who oversight them and we meet with them from time to time. “People who received N292bn to pay for their

salary last year is getting N279bn, which means that roughly you are telling us that two thousand or three thousand policemen have been killed or have died within one year. “I don’t want a situation where police officers may go on strike. Things that are not supposed to happen in this country are happening because of our enemies or perceived enemies of government. “We in this committee will not sit back and be looking at it happen like that. The issue of their salary is key. Personnel cost is key in government and it has to be corrected immediately, otherwise, it will delay your budget.” The senator expressed concern over the drop in the budgetary allocations for overhead costs for the service “If last year when we did not have any major election, the police formation and command was given N7.6bn as overhead cost and if you look at the proposal of 2014 budget it is N1.2bn less than what was given to the police last year and looking at the year we are in, the election year when we expect the police performing in all the states of the federation in making sure they provide enough security for Nigerians to have free movement,

is there any assurance to Nigerians that you are ready to provide security to them for the elections? “Do you think you can comfortably provide security for this year’s election and if you cannot, what is the next line of action? We are going into elections and I do not want my brothers from the APC to complain that PDP refused to give them security” Nwagwu said while expressing concerns about the impact of the budget on the conduct of the coming elections. Akinjide, who led the management team of the ministry for the budget defence told the lawmakers

that already the ministry has led a delegation to the minister of finance to complain about the shortfalls in the ministry’s budget, particularly as regards the drop in personnel costs. She said: “It is something that worries us and we have made a representation to the ministry of finance. There is no reason to justify the decrease. At worse, we should maintain last year’s amount. The ministry is looking at it and I believe this will be rectified very soon.” The minister also put the current strength of the police force at about 370,000 men and women and told

the lawmakers that her ministry is mulling the idea of making additional recruitments into the force. She assured that the police was ready for the 2015 elections. “We are ready to deliver on free, fair and credible elections because it is a cardinal policy of the President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration,” she said. The minister also explained why there was zero budget for the police reform programmes, noting that at the National Economic Council, NEC, meeting chaired by the Vice President and attended by all the 36 states governors, it was

agreed that one per cent of the consolidated revenue funds would be devoted for the funding of the reform programmes, which would be distributed in the proportion that is due to the three arms of governments. The committee charged the minister to meet the authorities concerned about the fund for the reform programmes appropriation. On the proposed recruitment, Nwagwu urged the minister to provide some budgetary estimates for it otherwise the idea may not see the light of the day. “You better meet with the budget office for them to address this issue,” he said.

L-R: Chairman, Senate Committee on Public Accounts, Senator Lawan Ahmed; President Goodluck Jonathan and AuditorGeneral of the Federation, Mr. Samuel Ukura, during the inauguration of new office of the AGF in Abuja, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

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Yesterday’s attack brings the death toll from killings by the sect to more than 300 this month alone. The gunmen, numbering over 50 invaded the school in the early hours of Tuesday and had a field day as the men of the Joint Task Force, JTF, deployed to the region to combat the terrorists were nowhere to be found. Many of the students were burnt to death, while others were either shot while trying to escape or had their throats slit. The latest killings came amidst row between the Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima and the Presidency over the effectiveness of the military in combating the insurgency in the North East. Our correspondent learnt that the attack came few hours after the security personnel guarding the

college at one of the checkpoints closed to the main gate of the school withdrew from the area. It was learnt the gunmen separated the female students from their male counterparts before starting the onslaught. Survivors said the militants locked the hostel, shooting and slitting the throats of those who tried to escape through windows. Adamu Garba said he and other teachers who ran away through the bush estimate 40 students died in the assault that began around 2 a.m. Garba, who teaches at a secondary school attached to the college, said the attackers first set ablaze the college administrative block, then moved to the hostels, where they locked students in and started firebombing the buildings. At one hostel, he said, “students were trying to

climb out of the windows and they were slaughtered like sheep by the terrorists who slit their throats. Others who ran were gunned down.” He said students who could not escape were set ablaze. A source working at the General Sani Abacha Specialist Hospital in Damaturu said ambulance services brought in many bodies from the school yesterday morning. Also, a senior medical source in the hospital who is not authorised to speak to the press said, “So far 43 bodies have been brought and are lying at the morgue.” Spokesman of the JTF in Damaturu, Captain Eli Lazarus, confirmed the attack on the school, but could not give the actual number of casualties as the figures were still been collated. “Details are still sketchy due to lack of telephone ac-

cess, and it is still not clear how many students were affected in the attack. Our men are down there in pursuit of the killers,” he said. However, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Sanusi Ahmed Rufai told journalists that 29 people were killed, but he was not immediately clear if all of the dead were students. Rufai said he was on his way to the scene with Governor Ibrahim Geidam to assess the extent of the damage. Last year, the sect attacked the College of Agriculture, Gujba, killing 40 students. On Monday, President Goodluck Jonathan, speaking during an interactive media chat expressed worry over the Boko Haram attack. He said: “We are worried that people are being killed. There are successes but the negative stories create the impression that the security

services are not working. If they are not working, we will not be walking freely here in Abuja.” Governor Shettima last week raised the alarm that the sect was better armed than the military sent to confront them. He said that more resources were needed to tackle the insurgency. His comment infuriated the Presidency, even with allegations that there are plans to remove him and appoint a military administrator. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar yesterday lampooned the Federal Government for paying lip service to security challenges in the country Atiku, in a strongly-worded statement by his media office in Abuja said that all the Federal Government had been doing in addressing the security challenge in the North East amounts to mere chasing of shadows if

school walls cannot be protected from armed attacks. The former Vice President particularly frowned at the impression given by President Jonathan during his Presidential media chat on Monday that the government has been successful at pushing armed attacks to the fringes of the country. “My heartfelt condolences go to families of the slain students. It is unfortunate that innocent school children, will become victims of armed attacks. “This will not be the first time in recent times that school children are being attacked, and it is particularly disheartening that the Federal Government is yet to devise a strategy of keeping our schools safe from terror attacks. “If our counter-insurgency strategies are not strong enough to keep our children safe inside their schools, CONTINUED ON PAGE 5>>


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L-R: Secretary, National Youth Soccer Association, Mr. Aliu Ganiyu; Publicity Secretary Afenifere, Comrade Yinka Odunmakin and the Executive Director, Obafemi Awolowo Foundation, Dr. Olatokunbo Awolowo Dosumu during a press conference on 2014 Obafemi Awolowo Memorial Events in Lagos yesterday.

L-R: Director-General, Peoples Democratic Institute, Dr. Lanre Adebayo; The Philippines Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador Alex Lamadrid; Adviser to the Minister on International Corporation, Ministry of National Planning, Dr. Dapo Oyewole and Guest Speaker, Senator Gbemisola Saraki during a one-day interface with International Community and Donor Organisations in Abuja yesterday. PHOTO: ROTIMI OSASONA

L-R: Director, Basic and Secondary Education, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr. Daniel Uwaezuoke; President, Linguistics Association of Nigeria, Prof. Chinyere Ohiri-Aniche and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Dr. MacJohn Nwaobiala, at the International Mother Language Day celebration in Abuja, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

One of the 10 newly appointed Permanent Secretaries in Anambra State Civil Service, Mr. Ferdinand Obi (right) and Governor Peter Obi, shortly after they were sworn in at the Governor’s Lodge in Awka, yesterday.

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Reps order NNPC to produce 5-year crude oil sales figures CHIDI UGWU AND WOLE OLADIMEJI

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he House of Representatives yesterday demanded from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, official selling price of the country’s crude oil from 2008 to 2013. The request was to enable the lawmakers get to the root of alleged connivance of the corporation with Swiss oil dealers to rub Nigeria of billions of dollars. The Joint Committee on Petroleum (Upstream and Downstream) and Judiciary were mandated to probe the allegation contained in a report from “Bernes Declaration”, which stated that NNPC in collaboration with Swiss oil dealers dispose the country’s crude at prices lower than market value. The House also demanded for the Joint Venture Company, JVC, accounts from 2008 to 2013. In his opening remarks, the Joint Committee Chairman and Chairman of House of Representatives Commit-

tee on Petroleum (Upstream), Hon. Muraina Ajibola, said the Committee would undertake the investigative hearing assignment with every sense of responsibility. The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mr. Andrew Yakubu in his presentation maintained that the pricing strategy of crude sales by the NNPC is aligned to international best practices. He argued that NNPC prices are indexed to international North Sea grade dated Brent, which prices are published in industry magazines, Price Reports, Platts, Petroleum Argus and London Oil Reports (LOR), which can be subscribed to by any interested persons or groups. On the Berne Declaration Report’s allegation of sale of 36 per cent of total federation crude oil to Vitol and Trafigura, Mr. Yakubu said the NNPC records show that Vitol and Trafigura account for 30.7 million barrels out of the total 341.07 million barrels disposed by the Corporation in 2013 lifting. “The lifting of Trafigura and Vitol in 2013 represents 9 per cent of the total lifting as

against 36 per cent reported by the Berne Declaration. Additionally, Nigerian traders collectively account for 98.2 million barrels or about 29 per cent during the same period,” the NNPC GMD said. He noted that contrary to the report, selection of buyers of Nigerian crude are done on a transparent and competitive basis that seeks to establish financial and technical capabilities, promotion of Nigerian Content and general quality and safety assurance. According to him, the selection of traders has standard criteria, which evaluate buyers’ facilities, volume of transactions, turn over and financial health of the companies which is applicable to all, including Vitol and Trafigura. He explained that the 2012/2013 Term Contracts have a preponderance of Nigerian trading companies with 23 out of the 40 regular buyers. On the allegation of sale of un-utilised crude oil at knock down prices to Swiss companies through the crude oil product exchange, Mr. Yakubu stated that the

NNPC Act mandates the Corporation to supply petroleum products to the federation as supplier of last resort, stressing that to meet this obligation, 445,000 barrels of crude oil is assigned to the Corporation at international price for domestic refining. “The ‘Swap Arrangement’ referred to by the Bernes Declaration is a known practice in the industry where equivalent value of product is exchanged for crude oil offtake. There is no value loss to the federation,” Yakubu submitted. The NNPC helmsman observed that contrary to the claim by the report that NNPC does not sell directly to the International market, Duke Oil and other NNPC affiliated trading companies participate in the disposal

of Nigerian crude oil and account for 24 per cent of the total disposals. The Crude Oil Marketing Division of NNPC and Duke Oil, an affiliate company of NNPC also made presentations to the Committee. It would be recalled that the Berne Declaration, a Swiss non-governmental organisation in its 2013 report alleged that NNPC was conniving with Swiss Companies to short-change Nigeria of several billions of dollars. In a related development, the NNPC has reassured Nigerians of ample fuel supply dismissing rumours of possible increase in the pump price of premium motor spirit otherwise called petrol by the Federal Government. The NNPC said to the best of its knowledge there

were no plans by the Federal Government to hike the price of fuel, urging motorists not to indulge in panic buying as there was enough product to last the country for several weeks. The Corporation observed that the re-emergence of long queues were as a result of hoarding by filling station owners in vain anticipation of fuel price hike. The NNPC Spokesman, Dr. Omar Farouk Ibrahim implored filling station owners to refrain from hoarding in order to help lessen long queues. The NNPC cautioned marketers who have being loading petrol from their various depots not to hoard the product as erring marketers will be sanctioned for such sharp practices.

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Police or anybody whatsoever from stopping his resumption of office. He made the request in a motion already lodged at the registry of the court. Sanusi told the court that

he remains the CBN Governor notwithstanding his purported suspension. He argued that his removal did not enjoy the endorsement of the Senate as stipulated by law and urged the court to so declare

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then one must wonder if such a strategy isn’t mere chasing shadows. “It is important that the Federal Government ups its counter-insurgency strategy and desist from taking credits in pushing armed attacks to the fringes, as the President would like to put it. No Nigerian’s life is less in value to another,” Atiku said He said it is imperative for government to ensure security in schools, in particular the Federal Government Colleges because of their unique role in forging national unity among

pupils from diverse backgrounds in the country. The All Progressives Congress, APC, has said that President Jonathan’s comments against Governor Shettima during his media chat on Monday night were unwarranted, un-presidential and petty. In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said President Jonathan was wrong to have threatened, no matter how subtly, to withdraw from Borno the troops who are battling against Boko

Haram insurgents, and urged him to apologise to the people of the state and to all Nigerians for the presidential indiscretion. It said the threat, which was in response to the statement credited to the governor, that the soldiers need to be better equipped and more motivated, showed clearly that President Jonathan does not have a full grasp of what is expected of him as President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. “Mr. President, your most important duty as President is to ensure the welfare and

security of all Nigerians, irrespective of the criticisms you may face or whether or not they voted for you. Therefore, you are not doing anyone a favour by performing that duty. It is the role you swore an oath to perform. “Also, even if you feel that the Governor should not have made the statement he made, it is incumbent upon you, as the President and the father of the nation, to take the higher road, instead of choosing a public forum to air your grievances. Wittingly or unwittingly, Mr. President, you have played into the hands of the insurgents

Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Andrew Yakubu (right) with members of the House Joint Committee on Petroleum Resources Downstream, Upstream and Justice, investigating the alleged connivance of NNPC with Swiss oil dealers to rob Nigeria of oil sales revenue in Abuja, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

who must by now be gloating at the discordant tunes in government over the battle against them,” APC said. Using the President’s exact words to the governor during his media chat, the party said: “A (President) should be mindful of what he says. Yes there are issues, but no matter how frustrated you are you don’t make this kind of statement.” It said based on the anger exhibited by President Jonathan while commenting on Governor Shettima’s statement, the party was justified in its call on the President not to go ahead with his reported plan to remove the governor and replace him with a military administrator. “President Jonathan should know that a leader cannot afford to be taking decisions on the basis of a perceived slight or criticism, because such decisions are most likely to be wrong and counter-productive. He should also use his enormous powers as President for the benefit of the people, not to their disadvantage. “By his threat to pull out the troops from Borno for one month, he has further victimised the good people of the state, who have been at the

receiving end of the senseless attacks by Boko Haram. A retraction of his threat and an apology to the people will be a good starting point for Mr. President to make amends,” the party said. Meanwhile, President Jonathan yesterday condemned the killings in Yobe State. “On behalf of himself and the Federal Government, President Jonathan extends heartfelt condolences to the parents and relatives of the murdered students, Jonathan said in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati said. The President condemned the “heinous, brutal and mindless killing of the guiltless students by deranged terrorists and fanatics who have clearly lost all human morality and descended to bestiality.” He said the armed forces and other security agencies would continue to prosecute the war against terror with full vigour, diligence and determination until the dark cloud of mass murder and destruction of lives and property is permanently removed.

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bled a consortium of top lawyers, led by Kola Awodein, SAN, to fight his case, accused President Jonathan of removing him from office for exposing an alleged $20bn fraud at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC. He insisted that he did no wrong by exposing the alleged fraud. He urged the court to restrain the President, the Attorney General of the Federation and the Inspector General of Police from giving effect to his purported suspension, pending the determination of his suit. He also wants the court to make an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the defendants from obstructing, disturbing, stopping or preventing him any manner whatsoever from performing the functions of his office as the Governor of the Central Bank and enjoying in full, the statutory powers and privileges attached to the office of the Governor of Central Bank

of Nigeria. In the suit, Sanusi told the court that his interlocutory application is necessary because of the issues raised and that delay may likely entail irreparable and serious damage and mischief on him in the exercise of his statutory duties as the CBN Governor. He urged the court to exercise its discretion in his favour by granting the interlocutory injunctions as the President’s continuing unlawful interference with the management and administration of the apex bank, unless arrested, poses grave danger for Nigeria’s economy and justifies the court granting his application, which will result in maintaining status quo ante bellum, that is, for his return to his office as the Governor of the CBN. In the affidavit deposed in support of his application, the suspended CBN boss averred that in the course of his duties as the CBN Governor, that he discovered certain discrepancies

in respect of amounts repatriated to the Federation Account from the proceed of crude oil sales between the period of January 2012 and July 2013 and that he expressed concern in respect of the said discrepancies and had cause to inform the National Assembly of the said discrepancies because they affect the revenue of the federation and the national economy. He further stated that the action of President Jonathan, in purporting to suspend him from office, is aimed at punishing him for these disclosures. He also stated that he is challenging the President’s power to suspend him from office noting that the President did not approach nor obtain the support of the senate, based on his discussions with several senators, including Senator Bukola Saraki. The suit, which was filed late Monday afternoon, is still at the court’s Registry, waiting to be assigned to a judge. Meanwhile, the Nigeria

Labour Congress, NLC, yesterday added its voice to the raging debate over the suspension of Sanisi, insisting that the embattled CBN governor ought to have resigned from the office before the hammer came crashing. NLC, in a statement signed by its President, Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar, in Abuja yesterday, said that Sanusi was the architect of his own misfortune, noting that he should have resigned at the wake of the various conflicting figures he was churning out about the missing money at the NNPC. He said: “By the time the dust had settled, Sanusi had quoted three different figures as the alleged sum not accounted for by NNPC, earning him a quiet rebuke by the Senate which is investigating the alleged fraud. “In saner climes, Sanusi was expected to have turned in his letter of resignation the next day for getting the figures wrong, for misleading the public and for embarrassing the government,

his excuse of poor communication between the relevant institutions in question notwithstanding. The least expected of him was a public apology. “We are not sure if he did either of the two until his removal was announced in a typical Nigerian-government style.” Despite this obvious flaw on the part of Sanusi, the NLC however still insisted that the President erred in sacking him because due process was not followed. The union also urged the Federal Government to intensify efforts at fighting corruption in the country. It advised the government not to dissipate energy on Sanusi. “Rather than dissipate energy on Sanusi, government should focus on irrefutable cases of corruption and bring the culprits to book. “There are legion, but we dare mention only the SURE-P missing funds, the BMW bullet proof cars and the Sanusi revelations at NNPC.

“It is common knowledge that, over the years, NNPC has not come clean on the issue of remittances to the Federation Account, a fact responsible for the routine shunning of invitations by the National Assembly. “In our view, the most important thing is that government should not lose sight of its fight against corruption, which is the major issue here,” it said. Also, the Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, yesterday described Sanusi, as a voodoo statistician rather than a whistle blower. The minister made the cliamwhile fielding questions from newsmen after defending his ministry’s 2014 budget proposals before the Senate Committee on Information. According to the minister, Sanusi couldn’t have been a whistle blower because there is nowhere in the world where a central bank governor also doubles as whistle blower, adding that bearing the nickname alone has already shown that something was wrong.


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Reps query education minister over N53bn overhead WOLE OLADIMEJI ABUJA

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he House of Representatives Committee on Education yesterday queried the disparity in overheads totaling N53billion submitted by the Federal Ministry of Education, polytechnics, colleges of education as

well as the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE). The committee also identified shortfall in budgetary allocations particularly those of polytechnics which have employed new workers after migrating from their previous emolument status to a new one. Chairman of the com-

istry, certain provisions for trips that were not in the overall interest of the development of education. The committee said: “Where there is important need to travel, it is okay to do so, but it should not be a jamboree.” In his presentation, Wike said that no amount is too much for training.

mittee, Hon. Aminu Suleiman, challenged the Minister of Education, Mr. Nyesom Wike, to address all lapses noticed in the budget of his ministry The chairman said all the documents presented would be scrutinised. The committee indicated that it may review, in consultation with the min-

Yobe State Governor Ibrahim Gaidam (left) listening as one of the teachers at FGC Buni-Yadi recounting Monday night’s attack by suspected insurgents on the school. With the governor are the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Rufai Alkali; SSS Director, and others in Buni Yadi, yesterday

Fuel scarcity artificial –PPPRA

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he Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) says the reappearance of long queues at filling stations across the country is artificial and uncalled for. The PPPRA spokesman, Mr. Lanre Oladele, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Abuja that there was no basis for the scarcity currently being experienced. Oladele said that there was enough stock to keep the country going for days, adding that with the release of allocation of licences to marketers for the first quarter of 2014, there was no reason for the fuel scarcity. He described claim that the scarcity was due to the delay in the release of import allocation to marketers as false. Oladele said the last allocation was enough to sustain the market till when the next allocation

would be released. He said: “We can assure Nigerians that we have enough to wet the nation, what we have is artificial scarcity to create false impression whereas the entire nation is wet with the products.” Oladele said contrary to insinuations by marketers that their allocations for the third quarter of 2013 expired on December 31, 2013, they actually covered transactions up to January. He said the allocation was usually done in such a way that it would overlap into another quarter, to make provision for any exigency. According to him, the marketers create the impression that allocation has been delayed for over one month and they engaged in hoarding of the products to create false impression. He advised Nigerians not to engage in panic

buying, adding: “What we have is artificial scarcity, we have enough stock to keep the nation wet for days’’. Similarly, the Pipeline and Products Marketing Company (PPMC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) responsible for the supply of the products, said there was enough stock. PPMC spokesperson, Mr. Nasir Imodagbe, said: “We have robust supply of fuel, same with NNPC to serve the country for days. I don’t know where the issue of scarcity is coming from.’’ Imodagbe warned marketers to desist from hoarding fuel, adding that anyone caught would face the full wrath of the law. “We are appealing to Nigerians not to engage in panic buying because there are enough products to keep the country moving.’’

Meanwhile NAN checks revealed that fuel tankers were seen at some mega filling stations in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) waiting to discharge fuel.

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2013 budget: Lawmakers decry ministry’s ‘poor’ performance WOLE OLADIMEJI ABUJA

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he House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology yesterday expressed displeasure over the poor implementation of the 2013 budget by the Ministry of Science and Technology. The committee threatened that funds would only be appropriated to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) based on their performance in their core mandates. Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Abiodun Akinlade, in his opening remark during the 2014 budget defence, told all the agencies under the ministry that it was the determination of the House to ensure that the implementation of the 2013 budget was reasonable. Akinlade expressed worry that most of the agencies excelled in recurrent expenditures only to perform dismally in capital projects, which are supposed to benefit the people, adding that the committee frowned at this development because it was like wasting money. The lawmaker said: “This committee would not entertain a situation where agencies would only be paying salaries without delivering on their core mandates. Any agency found not performing on its core mandates would have its resources reallocated for better performances.”

Committee members also raised issues on the low level of cooperation and collaboration among the numerous government agencies in the Science and Technology sector. The committee particularly charged the management of the National Agency for Science Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) to liaise with sister agencies for patronage of its Karshi Solar Project in the marketing solar panels. The committee also queried the management of the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN) on the quality of solar lights provided as constituency projects for the members of the National Assembly. Commenting on the dysfunctional solar powered street lights and boreholes constructed by the agency, Akinlade said: “The complaints about low quality projects delivered by your agency are not particular to the members of the committee but has become a source of major concerns for all the members of the National Assembly. The projects, instead of adding to members’ political profile only end up diminishing them in their constituencies.” He, however, charged the agencies to develop a maintenance culture as well as put in place control measures to streamline the activities of its contractors who are fond of cutting corners.

Second Niger Bridge to gulp N117bn –FG

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inister of Works Mike Onolememen said yesterday in Abuja that N117 billion would be spent on the construction of the second Niger Bridge. Onolememen made this known while defending the Ministry of Works’ budget before the Senator Abdul Ningi-led Ad Hoc Committee on Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P). The minister said that N30 billion of the amount would be sourced from the SURE-P while the balance would come from the private sector partners. He said: “What government set up to do from the

beginning was that the N30 billion counterpart fund for the second Niger Bridge was going to be paid through the SURE-P. “It was postulated that every year, the sum of N10 billion would be provided in the SURE-P for the second Niger Bridge and because it did not take off in 2012, we downgraded the allocation until the project takes off.” According to him, there is massive mobilisation going on now at the location and the ground breaking ceremony will be done before the middle of March. “Before mid-March, the ground breaking for the major work will be done,

and from then on full construction will commence. “I am sure that the project will be able to access all its funds at a time, N7 billion had earlier been used for the preparatory work on the bridge. “Throughout last year what we were doing was the early work; phase one for the second Niger bridge. “We went to the site, we did a lot of preparatory studies, morhpological studies and geotanical studies which led to the final design of the bridge and preparation of the bill for engineering measurement and evaluation,” the minister added.


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ice President Namadi Sambo yesterday escorted the remains of the late Senator Isaiah Balat from the National Hospital, Abuja, to his home on Gora Close, Malali, Kaduna, as mark of personal respect. On the escort list was also National Assembly members, especially from Kaduna, Plateau and Kat-

sina States, Kaduna state government officials, Balat’s close friends, associates and family members. The body of Balat, who was the Special Adviser to Sambo on Special Duties, arrived in Kaduna in grey Cadillac with registration number, simply printed as Lagos, ASHES. Sambo, did not however, reached Balat’s home as he veered off to Government House, Kaduna. A bevy of security men

cleared the crowd before the body was taken into one of his living rooms, amidst the wailing voices of distraught women. The two wives of Balat, Mary and Paulina with their five children, Linda, Jane, Adamu, Bobai and David, alongside close family relations, were ushered into the cleared room, for the family to have a quiet time. Former Governor of old Rivers State, Gen. Zamani

Lekwot (rtd), traditional rulers and other dignitaries were also in the house. By 4pm yesterday, the ECWA Church, Lemu Road, Tudun Wada, Kaduna was fully filled, with hundreds more standing outside during Balat’s wake-keep and service of songs. The Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Nuhu Bajoga, led other dignitaries to the service. Balat, will today be bur-

ied in his village, Kora Bafai, in Zongon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The Vice President, Senate President, David Mark, Speaker, House of Repre-

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Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega (left) and Resident Electoral Commissioner, Delta State, Dame Gesila Khan, during the arrival of Jega at the Asaba Airport on a two-day tour of INEC facilities in Delta State on Monday. PHOTO: NAN

Ekiti names nominees to confab ABIODUN NEJO ADO EKITI

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kiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has forwarded a list of the state’s nominees on the National Conference to President Goodluck Jonathan. A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Olayinka Oyebode,

stated yesterday that the list was contained in a letter addressed to the president and dated February 19th, 2014. The Ekiti delegation include: International Law expert, Prof Akin Oyebode, Prof (Mrs) Bisi Aina, Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, Rev. Felix Ajakaye, elder statesman and chairman of the defunct Movement for Ekiti

State Creation, Chief Oladeji Fasuan. Others are the Secretary, Yoruba Unity Group, Dr. Kunle Olajide and Chairman, Ekiti State Council of traditional rulers, Oba Idowu Adamo Babalola. According to the governor’s letter, which was routed through the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Oyebode,

Aina and Ajakaye are to represent Ekiti North, Ekiti Central and Ekiti South senatorial districts respectively. Fasuan, who leads the Ekiti delegation, is a nominee for the elder statesman slot. Olajide and Oba Babalola are the state’s representatives for the two slots allocated to Ekiti, out of the 15 to represent ethnic nationalities/ groups in the zone.

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nited States (US) Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, has described the infrastructural development under the Senator Ibikunle Amosun-led government in Ogun State as rapid and fantastic. Entwistle, who said this during his official visit to

Abeokuta, the state capital yesterday, expressed satisfaction at the quality of infrastructures being put in place to transform the ‘Gateway State’. He noted that the expertise used by Amosun in achieving so much in less than three years could be needed in helping the US

develop better. “What I see is fantastic, rapid development in Abeokuta. The roads, the bridges, the flyovers are very, very impressive. I have just told the governor that we need his expertise to come help develop us in the United States,” he said. The ambassador further revealed that one of the US big-

gest companies, Procter and Gamble, would open up a factory in Ogun State in about a month’s time and that, “a lot of our investments are in Ogun.” He added that the US had interest in Nigeria’s next general elections, stating that, “we want Nigeria to have transparent, credible and non-violent election.”

sentatives, Aminu Tambuwal, are among those expected to attend his final burial rites, according to a statement signed by Kaduna State Commissioner of Information, Ben Bako.

professor of criminology and exVice-Chancellor, Salem University, Lokoja, Kogi State, Prof. Paul Omaji, yesterday called on the Federal Government to re-strategise and explore the intelligence on Boko Haram group to boost the nation’s security architecture. Omaji stated this while briefing journalists in Abuja at the launch of his family’s initiatives, ‘Omaji Leadership Solutions’ and ‘360 Capacity Builders’. He said there was greater need for government to engage the sect, tap their intelligence, having given them the necessary psychological and economic empowerment they need to live meaningfully. Advancing reasons for his suggestion, Omaji said, “it is about making sure that even a criminal in the nation can be an asset. Even a criminal in a nation can, through restorative justice processes, be brought on board, become an advocate of peace in the nation. “I will enjoin Mr. President to find a way of finding other ways of maximizing the intelligence, the emotional intelligence, the intellectual acumen of Boko Haram.” According to him, “these (Boko Haram) are not fools, these are not drop-outs; the level of complexities that they have displayed in waging their insurgency shows very clearly that these people have resources that can be tapped into. “And, when all is done to give them an opportunity to become assets to the nation, then, it is appropriate for any nation

to defend itself and its integrity by all means,” he added. He also urged that government use this period of the nation’s centenary celebration to reflect on challenges that have stood on the way of Nigeria since the country was amalgamated. Omaji called for concerted efforts of Nigerians to promote growth, peace and development in the country. He blamed the nation’s problems largely on its past and present leaders. “We, like all people of goodwill, believe that Nigeria could have done much better in the last 100 years, and must rise on leadership into the next centenary. “We have had the privilege of living, studying and working overseas for more than 20 years. So, we can attest to the fact that very few developed or emerging nations in the world today have more resources (ideas systems, human resources, physical and natural resources etc.) than Nigeria. Yet, they have become by far qualitatively different from Nigeria. By all accounts, the difference maker is leadership. The state of your world is the image of your leadership,” he stated. These challenges, according to him, are what his organisations attempt to resolve by developing leadership capabilities right across all facets of the nation. He added: “Who do we apportion blame for the state of the nation at this point in time? Guess what? The answer is from us at the Omaji Leadership Solutions: all of them, all the leadership categories we have in this nation.


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Politicians aggravate insecurity –Moro ...minister seeks monarchs’ intervention FEMI OYEWESO ABEOKUTA

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inister of the Interior, Patrick Abba Moro, yesterday declared that the unguarded utterances of the Nigerian political class were responsible for the festering security challenges currently being witnessed across the country. He made the declaration yesterday when he paid a courtesy call on the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo at his palace.

The visit came shortly after the commissioning of administrative and residential block of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence, NSCDC College of Security in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. The minister, whose accusation was coming on the heels of Boko Haram attack on the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State, also berated politicians whom he said found it difficult to distinguish between politics

and governance. Moro lamented the activities and pronouncements of such politicians, stressing that they unsettled the polity of the country “at the expense of the ordinary person”. The minister appealed to traditional rulers across the country to intervene by calling politicians in their respective domains to order, and desist from actions and utterances that are capable of thwarting the federal government’s efforts at providing adequate secu-

rity for all citizens. Earlier in his address at the commissioning, Moro hinted that federal government had concluded plans to relocate prison yards away from city centres across the country to better places. Citing the case of Ibara prison yard situated in the heart of Abeokuta metropolis, Moro explained that those prison yards built over 100 years ago were located in those places to enable government overcome the challenge of monitoring the inmates.

L-R: Director, Office of the Public Defender, Mrs Rotimi Omotola; Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Frank Mba; President, Women Arise, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin; Head, Police Special Anti Robbery Squad, DCP Chris Ejike and Deputy Head, Police Special Anti Robbery Squad, ACP Johnson Oni, at the parade of the suspects over Ejigbo sodomy and murder case in Lagos, yesterday.

Marketer loses bid to quash N4.4bn oil subsidy scam suit WALE IGBINTADE

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n Ikeja High Court judge, Adeniyi Onigbanjo, yesterday dismissed an application filed by an oil marketer, Oluwaseun Ogunbambo, seeking to quash the fuel subsidy fraud charge preferred against him. Justice Onigbanjo in his ruling dismissed the application for lacking in merit. Ogunbambo was charged to court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over an alleged N4.4 billion fuel subsidy scam.

Others charged with him are Mamman Ali (son of Dr. Ahmadu Ali, a former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP), Christian Taylor and their firm, Nassaman Oil Services. Ogunbambo had, through his counsel, R.A Oluyede, prayed the court to quash all the counts and information filed against him for lack of jurisdiction. In the application brought pursuant to Section 66(b) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and supported by a 26 paragraphs affidavit deposed to by one Kunle Shote, he

also urged the court to discharge him. Responding to the application on point of law, EFCC counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, asked the court to dismiss the application on the ground that it was premature at the stage when plea had been taken by the defendant and trial had commenced. Oyedepo said the issue of competence of the charge could not be raised at the stage when the prosecution had not closed its case and had only called three witnesses. He added that it could not be said that the information filed against the

defendant was an abuse of court process. The trial judge had earlier re-emphasised his bench warrant issued against Ogunbambo in another subsidy matter before him. EFCC counsel, Rotimi, urged the court to issue another bench warrant, despite a pending one issued against Ogunbanbo earlier, in another matter. But Justice Onigbanjo rather re-emphasised his earlier ruling on the bench warrant against the marketer and ordered the EFCC to execute the warrant. The suit has been adjourned till May 6 for continuation of trial.

He, however, emphasised that prison yards now in located in the metropolis have become vulnerable to attacks by hoodlums, giving federal government concern. In his address at the event, the Commandant-

General of the NSCDC, Dr. Ade Abolurin, assured that the corps would continue to collaborate with other security agencies towards overcoming the security challenges facing the country.

Ajimobi denies rift with Ladoja KEMI OLAITAN IBADAN

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overnor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has declared that there is no misunderstanding between him and the former governor of the state, Senator Rasheed Ladoja . The governor said this in Ibadan, the state capital, while speaking with journalists on his 1000 days in office. He said Ladoja is not only his cousin, but a complete gentle man with whom he has continued to have good relationship outside politics. Ajimobi made reference to his presence at the wedding of Ladoja’s daughter in Lagos recently, where he recalled that he sat beside the former governor at the event to buttress his claim that there is no love lost between him and Ladoja. The governor however

blamed those he referred to as political jobbers and sycophants for the seeming crisis between them. He said: “Let me tell you that all the things people say that Ladoja did or say, are not true. Those people who have lost out are behind this. Thank God you have a job. These people don’t have job. What they do is to go to Ladoja begging to be this or that. “They are political jobbers, but gradually they will soon realise that what we are doing here is politics of development, not bitterness. The more they play all these pedestrian politics and we don’t play it with them, the more they move away from it “. He nevertheless stated that the former governor is interested in his position, maintaining that there is no way that this will one way or the other caused friction between them.

OOU medical students protest alleged extortion FEMI OYEWESO ABEOKUTA

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edical Students of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, OOU, Ago-Iwoye, yesterday besieged the entrance to the Ogun State House of Assembly Complex at Oke -Mosan, protesting what they described as school fee extortion by the university’s management. The protesters, all clad in their laboratory coats, carried placards bearing various inscriptions such as ‘Injustice is Cruel and it Breeds Anger’, ‘We Will Not Pay Illegal School Fees’, ‘Stop This Unnecessary Student Extortion’ and ‘Who Will Pay for My 10-year Fee in a Six-year Course?’ They demanded an imme-

diate stoppage of the ‘extortion’. President of the association, Yemi Adegbesan, who spoke with newsmen, alleged that the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Sabur Adesanya, had asked them to pay an ‘extra two-year illegal fee’. Adegbesan asserted that the medical school curriculum runs for a period of six years, which automatically requires students to pay for six sessions, with or without strikes by academic or nonacademic staff of the institution. The association, however, alleged that the authorities of the institution had compelled them to pay for the period when academic activities never took place as a result of the strike in the institution.


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Ejigbo three: Police parade 12 suspects, declare four wanted FRANCIS SUBERU

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he police yesterday paraded 12 suspects indicted in the ongoing investigation into the gruesome torture and eventual death of one of the three women accused of stealing N50 worth of pepper at Ejigbo area of Lagos State last year. The suspects, who were paraded by the Police Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr. Frank Mba, include the Baba Oja of Ejigbo Market, Isiaka Waidi; the Iya Oja of Ejig-

bo, Oloruntoyin Dauda; Haruna Abdullahi and Buhari Yusuf. Others are Saheed Adisa, Lateef Tijani, Ahmed Adisa, Jimoh Busari and Azeez Akinosun. One Tiri, whose other names could not be verified, Otepa Oluranti, one Akeem and Abolore Michael were, however, declared wanted by the police. While parading the suspects, Mba said upon the public outcry on the matter, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Muhammed Abubakar, directed the

Federal Anti-Robbery Squad to take over the investigation from the Lagos State Police Command. He said three suspects were handed over to the Federal SARS and that the unit proceeded in its investigation, saying the process involved conducting identification parade upon which the two surviving victims, Mrs. Ajoke Agomo and Nike Salama, were able to identify all the suspects. According to him, the victims did not only identify the suspects, they suc-

ceeded in ascribing the roles each of the suspects played to them. It was learnt that the Baba Oja, Isiaka Waidi, who claimed to be a member of Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) and the head of the vigilance group for the market, supervised the torture and even collected N50, 000 fine from the father of the victims. During the torture, Abdullahi mixed alcohol spirit with the pepper that was robbed on the victims’ private parts and body, while Tiri, who is still at

large, captured the incident on video footage. He also stripped the victims naked. Frank Mba said detectives worked with human rights groups, especially the Women Arise Foundation and the Lagos State Government through the Office of the Public Defender to arrest the suspects. The Baba Oja, however, told journalists said he was not around when the

Ondo Speaker, Adesina, dies at 61 HAKEEM GBADAMOSI AKURE

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L-R: Executive Director, Lagos Home Ownership Mortgage Scheme, Mr. Bayowa Foresythe; Special Adviser to the Governor on Housing, Mr. Jimoh Ajao and Commissioner for Housing, Mr. Bosun Jeje, during the hand over of Olaitan Mustapha Housing Estate by the Ministry of Housing to Lagos Home Ownership Mortgage Scheme in Lagos, yesterday.

Tejuosho market: A’Court to hear pending applications April 15 WALE IGBINTADE

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he Lagos Division of Court of Appeal yesterday fixed April 15, 2014 for hearing of all pending applications in respect of dispute over Tejuosho Ultramodern Market Phase 1, Yaba, Lagos. The appellate court presided over by Justice Shagbaor Ikyegh also refused an oral application by the appellant (First Bank) urging the court to restrain the appointee of Access Bank Plc, Mr. Kunle Ogunba (SAN), from performing his role as manager of the property of Tejuosho Ultramodern Market. Justice Ikyegh pointed out that the appellate court could not entertain such oral application. Meanwhile, the court

struck out the name of the developer, Dolapo Atimo (3rd respondent), from the appeal following an application brought by his lawyer, Vincent Nwana, that he died in an accident on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. Besides, Nwana in his motion on notice dated September 12, 2013 brought pursuant to Order 8 Rules 1, 2 and 4 of the Court of Appeal sought for extension of time within which to compile the record of appeal and transmit same to the appellate court. But in its preliminary objection, Access Bank urged the court to dismiss the application as the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the subject of the appeal has not been properly invoked. The bank, through its counsel, Kunle Ogunba (SAN), stated that the man-

datory statutory requirements were not complied with by the appellants before the filed the notice of appeal. He stated further that the grounds contained in the appellant’s notice of appeal were not questions of law. The Lagos State Government had made a concession arrangement of the Phase 1 of the market with the developer, Stormberg Engineering Company Limited and its owner, Mr. Dolapo Atimo, who in turn, had used the property to obtain separate loans from Access Bank and First Bank. First Bank was said to have on March 13, 2012, obtained an order from the judge of the Federal High Court, Lagos, Justice Okechukwu Okeke, (now retired), affirming the bank’s appointee as receiver for the market.

But Justice Okon Abang ruled that Okeke’s order ran contrary to an earlier one he had given on June 6, 2011 on the same subject matter, whereby he affirmed Access Bank’s appointee, Ogunba, as the receiver over the property. He held that the order given by Okeke was a nullity as it ought not to have been made due to the circumstances of the case, adding that First Bank’s fresh suit was an abuse of court process. According to Abang, the bank ought not to have filed a fresh suit on the same subject matter, having filed an appeal against the consent judgment he delivered in the earlier suit between Access Bank and Stormberg Engineering Company. He thereby dismissed the suit and awarded N50, 000 cost against First Bank.

torture was carried out. He admitted that he led the team that arrested the victims and that he collected a N20, 000 fine from their father pending the payment of the N30, 000 balance. But his claims were countered by one of the victims, Nike, who gave vivid description of the Baba Oja’s role in the whole saga.

peaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Hon. Samuel Ajayi Adesina, is dead. He was 61. Adesina died in the early hour of yesterday in a private hospital in Lagos after battling with urinary cancer for about six months. The late Speaker represented Odigbo Constituency II in the House of Assembly. He was elected Speaker in April 2010 after his predecessor, Hon. Taofeek Abdulsaalam, was impeached. When National Mirror visited the Assembly complex yesterday at Alagbaka area of Akure, the Ondo State capital, workers were seen in groups discussing the Speaker’s death. Some lawmakers, who came to attend to some legislative business, were seen leaving the complex hurriedly while some of them openly betrayed emotion after the news of the death was broken. Confirming the develop-

ment in a statement signed by the Secretary to by State Government, Dr. Rotimi Adelola, the government described Adesina’s death as shocking. The late Speaker was described as a grassroots politician, a reliable team player and a bridge builder loved by all. The statement read: “The late Speaker was a bridge builder, a man of integrity and a reliable team player who placed the interest of the state above personal consideration. “The untimely death of the Speaker occurred in the early hours of Tuesday, 25th February, 2014 during a protracted battle with the cancer of the urinary bladder. “The Ondo State Government received the news with rude shock and disbelief and commiserates with the family of the late Speaker, the state legislature as well as the entire people of the state on this irreparable loss. “It is our prayers that God will grant every one of us the fortitude to bear this loss.”

Ekiti canvasses entrepreneurial, technical skills for pupils ABIODUN NEJO ADO EKITI

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he Ekiti State Government yesterday canvassed entrepreneurial and technical skills education in primary school with the aim of preparing pupils for self-reliance. The deputy governor, Prof Modupe Adelabu, said such “entrepreneurial education involves exposing pupils and students to those attitudes, behavior and practices (outside of the usual academic work) that could

equip them with the relevant skills to enable them stand on their own without necessarily running after non-existent white-collar jobs after leaving school”. Adelabu, who doubles as the chairman of State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), spoke during the 2014 Trade Fair for Public Primary Schools in Ekiti State, adding that robust skills and entrepreneurship development at the primary level of education would combat the geometric increase in the level of unemployment in the country.


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Anambra: Tribunal dismisses Obidigbo’s application for joinder CHARLES OKEKE AWKA

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he Justice Ishaq Mohammed Belloled Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Awka, the Anambra State capital, yesterday dismissed for lack of merit the motion for joinder brought by Dr. Chike Obidigbo, who is claiming that he was the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for the November

16 and November 30, 2013 governorship election. Justice Bello said that joining Obidigbo as a respondent at this stage would alter the face and character of the entire petitions that are pending before the tribunal. Reacting to the tribunal’s ruling, the embattled National Chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, said: “From what has just happened, the coast is now clear for Chief Wllie Obiano to be

sworn-in as the Anambra State governor on March 17, 2014.” Earlier, Obidigbo’s counsel, Oba Maduabuchi, who relied on the Supreme Court decision in the case of Imegwu vs Okolocha, urged the tribunal to grant his client’s application because he had disclosed substantial interest in a matter and should be joined as a

party at the pre-hearing stage. But candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as well as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had argued that Dr. Obidigbo was not a candidate in the November 2014 governorship election and could not be joined as a

respondent. Also yesterday, the tribunal delivered another judgement in an application brought separately by APGA and the Governor -elect, Chief Maduabuchi. The tribunal struck out some paragraphs of the petition filed by PDP and its candidate, Mr. Tony Nwoye, on the grounds that they dealt with pre-

election matters, like the issue of Obiano’s alleged multiple registration, which the tribunal contended should be determined by the high court. The tribunal said: “All the affected paragraphs touching on pre-election matters are hereby struck out as the tribunal is not the appropriate court where such issues would be handled.”

Senator Anyanwu’s claim on defection deceitful –APGA CHRIS NJOKU

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he All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Imo State has described as deceitful and ridiculous claims by the senator representing Imo East, Mrs. Chris Anyanwu, that she returned to the People Democratic Party (PDP) with 27 local government chairmen and 17 members of the party’s state working committee. In a statement yesterday in Owerri, APGA Publicity Secretary, Mr. Tony Mgbeahuruike, Anyanwu, whose exit from the party

generated wide jubilation among the APGA family, left party with only her campaign structure from the nine local government areas in Owerri zone and not the 27 party chairmen in the state. The APGA chieftain, who described the senator’s exit as a good riddance to bad rubbish, regretted that her antecedents left the party unnecessarily polarised and without adding value to it . Mgbeahurike said: “As a serious-minded party that believes in the rule of law, APGA must insist on accuracy that is devoid of deception.

Ezeife, Nwosu laud Obi’s policies CHARLES OKEKE AWKA

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overnor Peter Obi of Anambra State has been commended for developing the state. Former governor of the state, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, and former Minister of Health, Prof. A.B.C Nwosu, commended Obi for executing developmental policies. Ezeife said that what Obi had done in Anambra was equivalent to a miracle. He spoke when he and other stakeholders accompanied the governor to inspect the ongoing Onitsha Shopping Mall project. Impressed by what he called the massive infra-

structural development going on in the commercial city, Ezeife assured that nobody would reverse the trend. Also speaking, Prof. Nwosu said Obi had justified the confidence reposed in him by providing good governance to the people. Nwosu commended the governor his commitment towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as well as his administration’s investment in health sector. Nwosu claimed that he was among those that urged Obi to contest the governorship election and having served the state very well, stakeholders would ask him again to serve at the federal level.

L-R: Most versatile student in Igbo language, Miss Chinelo Okechukwu of Government Secondary School, Garki, Abuja; Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Dr. MacJohn Nwaobiala and Director, Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Daniel Uwaezuoke, during the maiden quiz competition on Nigerian languages at the International Mother Language Day celebration in Abuja, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

Commissioner flays Jonathan for ‘neglecting’ Imo CHRIS NJOKU OWERRI

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he Imo State Commissioner for Industry and Non-Formal Sector, Lady Ugochi Nnanna-Okoro, has flayed the administration of President Godluck Jonathan for allegedly neglecting the state. The commissioner claimed that the President neglected the state despite the overwhelming vote given to him during the 2011 presidential election. She, however, assured the people of Owerri West and other constituencies of adequate representation in the administration of Governor Rochas Okorochas. Nnanna-Okoro expressed the willingness of her constituency to support the All Progressives

Congress (APC) in next year’s general elections. The commissioner Nnanna-Okoro stated this in her office during a courtesy call on her by the executive members of the Owerri West Local Government chapter of the Alliance for Good Politics. The guests were led by their coordinator, Hon. Princely Ugochukwu Onyenwe. She commended Governor Okorochas for tackling the issue of marginalisation and assured him the support of the people of Owerri West Local Government Area. Nnanna-Okoro also applauded the governor for surpassing the achievement of previous administrations in state.

The commissioner particularly praised Okorocha for providing good governance to the people as evidenced in his free education programme, regular payment of salaries to workers, construction of good roads, “youths must work programme” and his broad-based governance that touches every sector of the economy. She, however, regretted lack of federal presence in Imo despite the fact that the people of the state gave Jonathan the highest number of votes during the 2011 presidential election. Nnanna-Okoro, therefore, urged Ndigbo to embrace the All Progressives Congress (APC), which she described as the only party that would guarantee them

the “deserved number one position” at the national level. Speaking earlier, Onyenwe said the group came to identify with the commissioner for her elevation and to discuss matters bothering on Owerri West. He hailed Okorocha’s administration for developing Imo and assured the governor of the group’s support. Onyenwe described the group as the gathering of defectors from other parties to consolidate APC in its desire to move Imo forward. He also commended Nnanna Okoro for making Owerri West Local Government Area to feel the impact of democracy through her ministry.


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Amaechi tackles FG on oil theft, graft R ivers State Governor and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has called on the Federal Government to fight oil theft and financial diversion in the country. Amaechi spoke yesterday when the British Minister for Africa and member of parliament, Mark Simmonds, visited him in Port Harcourt. Amaechi recalled that his

administration had procured two surveillance helicopters to assist the Federal Government in fight oil theft, but expressed disappointment over the inability to ensure their arrival in the state. He said: “I don’t know how much you have seen about oil theft, and I don’t know if the Federal Government is serious about combating oil theft. Why I say this is that for two years now, the federal government has refused entry into

the country, two surveillance helicopters paid for by the Rivers State Government. “These helicopters have cameras and their job is to fly all over and whomever that is stealing oil, you will see. And the helicopter will have a monitor with the Army, Police, Airforce and with the Department of State Security, DSS.” Amaechi added: “I suspect the refusal may be for political reasons...The helicopters

have been parked in America for two years now, and the Rivers State Government is paying demurrage on them... But, if you see how much oil we are losing, we hear it is about $7 billion annually, then you will see that we need the helicopters.” “We paid for it, not the Federal Government, and we are prepared to help them, but the President has emphatically refused to allow the two helicopters into the country

L-R: Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Bedford Fubara; officiating minister, Bishop Isaac Minabere and National Co-ordinator, Ijaw Democratic Front, IDF, Kenneth Robinson, during the Office opening ceremony of IDF in Port Harcourt, yesterday.

Stakeholders back Edo govt on teachers’ test SEBASTINE EBHUOMHAN BENIN

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eachers in Edo State overwhelmingly shunned the much publicised town hall meeting on education the state government organised yesterday to fashion a way out of the present crisis trailing the government planned competence test. The noticeable absence of the teachers, for whom the meeting was conveyed, National Mirror reliably learnt, followed a last minute notice the Edo State Chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, served on all of its members, alleging that the agenda of the meeting had been pre-determined by the state government, even before it was held. The meeting that was chaired by Governor Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole and the Interim Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Osaro Idah, was well attended, however, by residents of the state from all walks of life, many of whom backed

the state government’s plan to subject public school teachers to competence test. The meeting was held at the rebuilt and equipped hall of Imaguero College on Sapele Road in Benin City. The event attracted stakeholders from the education sector including lecturers, teachers and students, civil society organizations, traditional rulers and chieftaincy title holders, politicians and other members of the public, as well as government officials. Speaking at the occasion, Oshiomhole said the government had no choice than to go ahead with its plan to organise a test for teachers to determine the ability of teachers to teach. He said it was in line with the policy of the government aimed at transforming the educational sector which could be seen already in the physical prototype buildings and other facilities that were being provided. Oshiomhole also explained that the test, which he has agreed with some

stakeholders to rename: ‘Assessment Test’, would be transparent. He added that it would neither be done by the government nor people in power but by those outside Edo State. The governor appointed the former Vice Chancellor of Ambrose Alli University, Prof. Dennis Agbonlahor, as chairman of the Assessment Test Committee, after the don’s analytical contributions. Oshiomhole also dis-

closed that the test was designed not to sack teachers but to replace old, tired and unqualified teachers, contrary to public outcry. He added that the Edo State Government did not owe teachers salary, even as they had refused to change their old habits to the job. The governor concluded that future interviews for teachers would no longer be conducted by any member of the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, who is a political appointee.

for the past two years. We are still paying demurrage. “The manufacturers have told us if they should sell them. So, if the Federal Government says it needs help, why not bring in the helicopters, rather than run to the British government? These are questions you should ask them. I said same thing to the American delegation. “ Our problem is not just oil theft which is costing this country to lose about $7 billion a year, but financial diversion also. “The last letter written by the Central Bank Governor, CBN, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, was the diversion of $49.8 billion. Now, they have been able to manage the crisis to reach $20 billion. But $49.8 billion was spent outside the appropriation law. “So it is all about diversion. While I join you to say, we should fight oil theft, when the British Prime Minister meets the Nigerian president, he should also deal with the issue of financial diversion. The way the president spoke in his media chat yesterday, there seems to be uncertainty. “He doesn’t know the fig-

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ures accurately. They are calling $20 billion, while others say it is $10 billion. But, even if it is one billion dollars, it is a hundred and seventy billion naira, which is almost the budget for Enugu, Anambra and Kwara states combined in a year. So, when the Prime Minister is discussing with Mr. President they should address these issues.” Amaechi also decried the high level of corruption in the country, which he explained, had hampered some state governors from paying salaries effectively, and advised the Federal Government to govern by the rule of law and not by the rule of man. Earlier, the British Minister said he was in Rivers State to see the United Kingdom, UK investments and to also participate in Nigeria’s centenary celebration holding at Abuja, the nation’s capital. He lamented the high level of environmental degradation caused by oil theft and further indicated the readiness of UK to partner with Nigeria to work out positive modalities to tackle the menace.

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kwa Ibom Governor, Godswill Akpabio, has been voted NewsAfrica Leader of the Year 2014. He is the second person to be so voted in the 14-year history of the magazine.

Former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, was the first person to win the award in 2002. A press release issued yesterday in London by the publisher of magazine, Moffat Ekoriko, said Akpabio was voted ‘for showing uncommon leadership in

a country where leaders see their success in office in terms of personal wealth; for taking initiatives others are shy of, and for giving hope of a greater future for Nigeria, a key country in Africa.’ Ekoriko noted that Akpabio’s feat in transforming Akwa Ibom State, which was once a backwater, into Nigeria’s fastest developing state, had made him the ‘the poster boy of the Nigerian political class, so much so that the performance of other office holders is measured in relation to his.’

Dickson’s in-law, thugs ‘assault’ female lawyer EMMA GBEMUDU YENAGOA

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ension erupted over the weekend in Yenagoa as a sister to the wife of the Bayelsa State Governor, Tare Konyefa, allegedly assaulted and battered a female lawyer with the Legal Aid Council in the state, Mrs. Bina Oregbeme. It was learnt that Konyefa and her retinue

of suspected thugs also assaulted the lawyer’s husband, Ambrose Oregbeme on Sunday. Trouble reportedly started for the lawyer when she queried the reckless driving and dangerous overtaking by Konyefa and her aides. It was gathered that Konyefa, a Special Assistant to the Governor’s wife, reportedly got angry with Oregbeme’s remarks.

An eyewitness who pleaded anonymity said the incident occurred near a traffic light when the Oregbemes were returning from a church service. When contacted, the Police Commissioner in the state, Hilary Opara, said he was yet to receive a report of the incident. The source said the lawyer and her husband were waiting for the traffic light to clear them when Konye-

fa reportedly drove past them, blocking their car with her Toyota RAV 4 jeep. He said: “Konyefa blocked them on the side they were supposed to make a diversion. The green light was on their (couple’s) side while the red light was on the side of those going through Imgbi road. So, the husband of the lawyer was hooting the horn for Konyefa’s car, so that they could negotiate their way.


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Governors accuse Presidency of plotting Al-Makura’s impeachment OBIORA IFOH

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he Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has accused the Presidency of hatching a plot to impeach Nasarawa State Governor Tanko AlMakura. The governors also backed the move by the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and the Senate Committee on Finance for a forensic audit of the Nige-

rian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) account, decrying what they described as deliberate refusal by the Presidency to convene the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting for seven months. They also said that the failure of NEC meeting to hold as required had denied the nation the constitutional opportunity to discuss the terrible state of the Nigerian economy. The NGF, under the

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he long awaited local government election in Plateau State was held yesterday in 15 of the 17 council areas with many stakeholders hailing the peaceful conduct of the poll. Our correspondent, who monitored the poll in the affected local governments, observed a large turnout of voters in many of the polling units visited. It was also learnt that election officials and materials arrived at their designated units on time. The development made voting

to commence in some areas as early as 9.0am The streets of Jos North and Wase local governments where election were cancelled were virtually empty and deserted, as security personnel were seen patrolling them to prevent likely break down of law and order. Governor Jonah Jang, who voted at about 1.15 pm at his Ladura Ward at Du in Jos South Local Government Area, expressed satisfaction at the poll. Jang spoke with journalists shortly after casting his votes, saying reports indicated that the elections were generally peaceful.

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orth-Central youth group has declared support for President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election ambition. Inaugurating the group whose theme is “Consolidation Movement 2015” in Abuja, the coordinator, Mr. Yakubu Ede, said the achievements of the present administration in the North-Central necessitated the group’s support for Jonathan. Ede said: “These achievements would undoubtedly increase the economic vi-

ability of the entire NorthCentral states and Nigeria as a whole. It is, therefore, our collective resolution to support Jonathan’s re-election bid.” Responding, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Youth and Student Matters, Mr. Jude Imagwe, said Jonathan was yet to declare his intention, but urged the group to support the President if he eventually indicated his intention to seek re-election. Imagwe said: “Your request will be communicated to the President as I am not in the best position to speak on his ambition.”

chairmanship of the Rivers State governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, who met late Monday in Abuja, deliberated into the early hours of Tuesday. According to the communiqué signed by its Amaechi, the governors said that the alleged plan to impeach Al-Makura was assault on Nigeria’s Constitution. The communiqué read in part: “It has come to our notice that the Presidency is plotting to illegally impeach the Governor of Nasarawa State, Mr. Tanko Al-Makura. “We condemn this renewed assault on Constitutional democracy.” On the state of the

nation’s economy vis-avis the controversy over NNPC account, the governor said: “We support the call by the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi OkonjoIweala, and the Senate Committee on Finance for a forensic audit of the NNPC account.” They condemned the “deliberate refusal” of the Presidency to conduct a National Economic Council meeting for seven months, lamenting that it has shut out the constitutional opportunity to deliberate on the “perilous state of the Nigerian economy thus plunging the nation into an economic and political crisis.”

The governors nonetheless urged the judiciary, especially the Supreme Court to fast-track the hearing on the constitutional cases especially the case of the Excess Crude Account and other illegal deductions on the oil subsidy. The governors also described the suspension of the Governor of Central Bank (CBN), Mallam Sanusi Lamido, as wrong and aimed at diverting attention from the current national discourse on the missing $20 billion from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation account. They said: “The suspension of Sanusi by Mr. Pres-

ident is in clear breach of the Nigerian Constitution and the CBN Act, 2007. “The suspension is aimed at diverting attention from the current national discourse on the allegations of corruption and questionable accountability.” The governors also decried the killings in the North-East, while charging the Federal Government to do more in protecting lives and property, especially in the NorthEast. They, however, commended the Nigerian military and other security agencies in their efforts at dealing with the security situation in the zone.

Plateau State Governor Jonah Jang and his wife, Talatu, casting their votes during the local government election in Jos, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

State varsities have no business joining ASUU strike –Suswam •Asks colleagues to prosecute erring VCs

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enue State Governor Gabriel Suswan has urged his colleagues to prosecute any vice-chancellor of state-owned university that decides to join national strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). Suswan, who spoke at the 3rd Biennial Conference of Pro-Chancellors of State Universities in Minna, the Niger State capital,

said that state universities have no business joining strikes called by ASUU. Recalling the just suspended strike embarked upon by ASUU, Suswan, who was the chairman of the committee set up by the Federal Government to interface with the striking lecturers to resolve issues, wondered why the Benue State University should join the industrial action, especially when the institution had no problem with the government. He said: “To me, no state

university has any business joining any national strike and that is why prochancellor should meet and agree on it. “Your universities should not join because other universities had problems and had to join. My university had no reason to join, but it did and when, I asked why, it claimed it joined to show sympathy with ASUU. And to my surprise, when the Earn Allowance was released, ASUU said the money was for purely federal government

universities, no state owned university benefitted.” Earlier in his address, Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu called on the two factions of the Nigeria Governors Forum to swallow up their pride and unite for the peace and growth of the forum. Aliyu, who is the chairman of the Northern States Governors Forum, said the crisis that engulfed the forum had divided the governors and caused them to lose much ground on issues affecting the nation.


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Ekiti 2014: Hurdles before PDP

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part from having to contend with other political parties that will contest for the occupation of the Oke Bareke Government House in the June 21 governorship election, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ekiti State appears to be at crossroads from within. Although it hides under the fact that none of the political parties in the race in the state has presented its candidate’s name to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, it appears, however, that it is the only party that is having qualms on how to select its candidate for the election. While the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state has said the governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, is its candidate for the election, Accord Party, AP, has selected Barr. Kole Ajayi, as its candidate. The Labour Party, LP, where House of Representatives member, Hon Opeyemi Bamidele, is the sole aspirant so far, is not having any headache about the process of selecting its flag bearer for the election, especially going by the peaceful manner and the unity of purpose with which it conducted its wards, local government and state congresses. Whereas the other three political parties have upped political activities in parts of the state moving with unity of purpose as they prepare for full blown campaigns effective from March, it is otherwise in the PDP, where the over 25 governorship aspirants are busy traversing the state separately to ensure their emergence as the candidate.

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ABIODUN NEJO writes on the hurdles the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ekiti State would have to surmount as it marches towards re-occupying the Government House at Oke Bareke. More curious is the inability of the party, even in less than four months to the election, to resolve vital contending issues surrounding the emergence of a candidate that will be acceptable across board in the party. Among the unresolved issues are the agitations for the zoning of the governorship slot for the 2014 election to the South senatorial district and the dichotomy over whether the party would get its flag bearer through primary or consensus option. PDP members from the South senatorial district, especially, are unrelenting in the call for the zoning of the governorship to their area, which has not produced a governor since the state was created, whereas the remaining two senatorial districts - North

and Central - have produced two governors of the state apiece. It is for the reason that the candidate must come from the region in the name of justice and fair play that governorship aspirants from the Southern senatorial district are more than those from the two other senatorial districts put together, on the platform of the party. Aspirants of the party from the Southern senatorial district include former Nigerian High Commissioner to Canada, Amb. Dare Bejide; former House of Assembly Speaker, Hon Femi Bamisile; former Deputy Governor, Chief Abiodun Aluko; his predecessor, Mr Bisi Omoyeni; Afenifere chieftain, Prince Dayo Adeyeye; Senator Gbenga Alu-

THE SIGNS OF WHAT TO COME IF THE PARTY MISTAKENLY TAKE AN UNPOPULAR DECISION OR STEP CAME TO THE FORE EARLY LAST YEAR WITH THE PROTRACTED CRISIS THAT GREETED THE NAMING OF A CONSENSUS TEMPLATE DRAFTING COMMITTEE

ko; former acting governor, Hon Tunji Odeyemi; and Chief Ropo Ogunbolude. The contenders from the Central senatorial district are former Police Affairs Minister, Navy Captain Caleb Olubolade; former governor, Ayodele Fayose; former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s aide, Mr Bodunde Adeyanju; and Otunba Reuben Famuyibo. And those from the Northern senatorial district are Dr Peter Obafemi; Mr Abiodun Ayeni; Mr Wale Aribisala and Mr Deji Ajayi, among others. Another contentious issue is whether primary or consensus be adopted to choose the candidate. While majority of the aspirants support the consensus arrangement, others prefer primary, saying only free, fair and transparent primary can produce a popular and acceptable candidate. The signs of what to come if the party mistakenly take an unpopular decision or step came to the fore early last year with the protracted crisis that greeted the naming of a consensus template drafting committee by the state PDP chairman, Mr Makanjuola Ogundipe. Since then, it has been war of words between apostles of consensus and proponents of primary in the party with no side yielding ground to the other. Even, when President Goodluck Jonathan, as the party’s national leader, held a meeting with Ekiti State PDP stakeholders and aspirants last month, the resolution at the meeting that consensus arrangement CONTINUED ON PAGE 14


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Ekiti 2014: Hurdles before PDP CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13 would be adopted to stave off crisis and prevent disunity was still being disparaged by proponents of transparent primary, who were even part of the meeting. Following the development and the quest of the new PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, to win the forthcoming governorship election in Ekiti State, yet another meeting was held last week at the PDP National Secretariat, Abuja with party leaders and gubernatorial aspirants in the state on the way forward for the party in the poll. Muazu, who was not unaware of the looming crisis in the party, if the right thing was not done, was said to have told the contenders that the first necessary step for them was to each pay the N10 million nomination fees and the N10 million naira Expression of Interest fees, prescribed by the party before they could be considered as aspirants, following which other stages would unfold. However, indication that all would not be well the aspirations of the various contenders emerged at a meeting the Ekiti PDP governorship hopefuls held with Prof Tunde Adeniran, who was tasked with the responsibility of holding talks with them, when the aspirants pleaded that they could only pay N5 million for nomination and N500,000 for Expression of Interest each, representing half of the party’s prescription. The sale of the nomination and expression of interest forms was expected to begin at the PDP National Secretariat on Monday, February 24. But the issue here is whether the PDP would yield to their request and make Ekiti State an exception, since each governorship aspirant in last year’s Anambra State governorship election coughed out non-refundable N11 million for nomination and Expression of Interest. While payment of the prescribed fees is seen as a step to separate the chaff from the wheat, some political watchers see it as a tacit move to end the quest for consensus candidacy. PDP state chairman, Mr Ogundipe, who allayed fears, said the party’s preparations for the election were on course, adding that the Abuja meeting with the PDP national chairman where the aspirants were asked to first obtain aspirants’ form was a step in the right direction to determine the number of the contenders. Ogundipe said: “We are on course. The first leg in the bid to choose the party’s flagbearer is to know the exact number of aspirants. That was why the national chairman said they should obtain the forms first. “We are following the due process for the party’s candidate to emerge. I can assure you that the candidate will emerge through an acceptable constitutional process. The name you call it does not matter, but an acceptable means in the overall interest of our party.” The state PDP chairman, who ruled out any crisis after the exercise, likened the state of the PDP to the Biblical quotation that “in my father’s house, there are many mansions,” saying: “There are so many mansions in PDP. We will make sure everybody has a fair share. Nobody will be made to regret anything.” Ogundipe said it was neither the place of the aspirants to determine how much the forms would cost, nor their right to decide for the party leadership on the choices to make. He added that they could only make suggestions while the party would make the decision, saying: “At the appropriate time, our candidate will emerge.” However, realities in the party showed that there might be more to the selection process and the likelihood of post emergence of candidate crises in the party. The posers that observers are raising is whether it would be possible for the aspirants to pay N11 million and still abide by any consensus arrangement which majority of them have been clamouring for. They also asked whether people from other senatorial districts would be willing to work with a candidate from any other senatorial district apart from the South, whether by primary or consensus arrangement. Sources within the party said aspirants from the Southern senatorial district, unyielding in their quest for zoning

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of the governorship slot to their area, held a meeting last week in Abuja on the need to agree on one of them to confront aspirants from other zones so that the district would not lose out in the process. Although the source did not disclose which of the aspirants was zeroed on as the Southern aspirants’ consensus contender, he said the hopefuls from the area were thinking of pooling resources together to back such person to emerge candidate and eventually “rout the ruling APC from the Oke Bareke Government House.” But one of the aspirants from the Southern senatorial district, Hon Bamisile, said the meeting on consensus arrangement was beyond the zone. He said consultations and further meetings were ongoing among stakeholders and the aspirants, adding that they had resolved to actually shop for a consensus aspirant among them who would pay the prescribed N11 million nomination and Expression of Interest fees in view of the economy of the state. His words “The economy of Ekiti State does not allow that economic mishap whereby each of the aspirants will pay that amount when we know only one of us will emerge and our collective and individual desire is the growth of the state. “We don’t want to spend our money that way here. There is nothing too big to sacrifice. We have resolved to continue with consultations and further meetings and sense will prevail at the end of the day. We know that time is running, but we will do the needful. Our candidate will emerge soon.”

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Bamisile explained that it was natural that some of the aspirants were still insisting on primary despite all moves. Another poser is what will be the fate of some of the aspirants who have been carrying themselves as the preferred and anointed aspirant(s) of the party in view of the energy and resources they are daily committing to the exercise if the pendulum failed to swing in their direction? Another fear in many quarters is that the PDP may suffer defections to the advantage of the ruling party and the other contending parties when it eventually comes up with its candidate, especially if the party fails to put its house in order on time. But Ogundipe was full of confidence that all interests would be taken care of with the transparency and acceptability of the selection process, which would be done at the national level, adding: “I am looking beyond the consensus or primary or getting a candidate, but the election itself and winning it.” According to him, the ultimate is that the “PDP has to win the election in view of the failure of the Fayemi-led APC government to fulfil its election promises and the hardship which the government has brought to the people.”


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L-R: Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Nwogu; Chairman, Subsidy Reinvestment Empowerment Programme (Sure-P), retired Gen. Martin Agwai and Minister of Works, Mr. Mike Onolememen, at the budget defence session of Senate Special Adhoc Committee on Sure-P in Abuja, yesterday.

Anxiety, as housing, environment stakeholders await new ministers OLUFEMI ADEOSUN ABUJA

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ven though there is no visible disruption in the activities of the Ministry of Housing, Lands and Urban Development and the Environment Ministry since the two ministers in both ministries were sacked last year, there has been perceived operational lacuna in the ministries, thereby slowing down implementation of key projects and programmes. It would be recalled that Mrs. Hadiza Mailafia, the Environment Minister, and Ms. Amal Pepple, the min-

ister of Housing, Lands and Urban Development were among the eleven ministers who did not survive the major cabinet reshuffle carried out by President Goodluck Jonathan on September 1, 2013. In order to avoid truncation of government policies, the President Immediately drafted the Minister of State for Niger Delta Development, Darius Ishaku to oversee the Environment Ministry, while the lot of supervising the Ministry of Housing fell on the Minister of Solid Mineral Development, Musa Sada. It is, however, expected

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that two of the twelve ministerial nominees currently before the National Assembly for screening and approval will be assigned to the two ministries. However, stakeholders in both ministries took a swipe at President Goodluck Jonathan for leaving such strategic ministries for close to four months now without substantive ministers. According to them, assigning ministers who already have portfolios in other ministries to oversee a ministry such as Housing which is grappling with how to bridge the housing deficit gap put at over

17million, and Environment which is contending with various environmental challenges, is to say the least, insensitive. For instance, an Abuja based Property Consultant; Mr. Bisi Adetoba attributed the lull in the ministry of housing to lack of a substantive minister who would push through some of the reform programmes started by the erstwhile minister. In particular, he said since the former minister was sacked about four months ago, nothing concrete had been heard on the progress made on some of

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the reform programmes such as the review of the National Housing and Urban Development policies, an attempt to commercialize the FHA for a better result, and the new National Building Code. He said, “the country has been for a long time without a clear cut workable policy document in the housing delivery sector and this has affected not only accessibility to housing funds but has also been responsible for the high number of slums in Nigerian cities. Before her disengagement about four months ago, we are privy

to some of the efforts being made by Amal Pepple to firm up the document. “If government is concerned about the growing homelessness and the multiplication of slums in the country, the ministry of Housing, Lands and Urban Development is very critical. In the light of this, it is my appeal to government that it should make the ministry stable, not only in ensuring there is continuity in housing programmes but also in terms of the quality of person appointed minister to superintend the ministry,” he said.

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resident Goodluck Jonathan yesterday said government will strengthen the Office of the Auditor General for the Federation to enable it perform better its statutory duties in public finance management. The President, who disclosed this while commissioning the new Office of the Auditor General of the Federation complex in Abuja, said the commissioning of the complex was a demonstration of his administration’s commitment to guarantee the independence of the Office and accountability in the management of the nation’s resources. He said if auditors performed their jobs efficiently, those institutions set up by the government to look at corruption cases would have less work to do, adding that an effective and efficient auditor general office will not only guarantee accountability but will ensure that our fight against corruption is won. President Jonathan said: “I commend the Auditor-General of the Federation for the successful realization of this project in this important year of our centenary. Let me also commend the efforts of reorganizing the office and modernize your mode of

operation. “I will like to assure you that government will do everything possible within the ambit of the law and available resources to support your office. If the office of the Auditor-General carry out their function very well, then even the institutions set up by government which look into corruption cases will have less work to do because they would have done the basic work. “From the result of the auditing, investigations becomes easier. And I think that this office needs to be strengthened so that you will help Nigerians”, he added The President also commended the National Assembly for its consideration of the Audit Bill, noting that this would further help to guarantee the independence of the Office. In his remarks, the Chairman of Senate Committee on Public Accounts, Senator Lawan Ahmad, said the fight against corruption in the country cannot succeed without an efficient Auditor General’s Office. The lawmaker explained that in was in furtherance of the goal that the amendment of the Audit Bill to give the Office the powers to get its allocation from the first line charge was now being deliberated upon by the National Assembly.

L-R: National President, Fish Dealers Association of Nigeria, Alhaja Oyenike Atoyebi; Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina and former Director of Fishery, Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Godwin Shimang, at the stakeholders’ meeting on repositioning the fisheries sub-sector, in Abuja , yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

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o fewer than 100 healthcare professionals across public health facilities in Abuja are currently suffering from various diseases due to their exposure to healthcare waste. Mandate Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretariat in the Federal Capital Territory Administration FCTA, Dr. Demola Onakomaya, disclosed this at a media

parley in Abuja. He said more than a hundred of its staff in FCT-owned hospitals currently suffer from Needleprick Injection, Hepatitis B and HIV/AIDS. Consequently, he said the FCT Administration would within the next few weeks come up with FCT Waste Management Policy to holistically manage both solid and liquid wastes within the 8,000 square kilometers of the Federal Capital Territory. He said the FCT minis-

ter, Senator Bala Mohammed has already approved of efforts to evolve the policy, adding that it would enable the FCT Administration manage various forms of waste not only in the Federal Capital City but also in the six Area Councils including the Satellite Towns. According to him, if the government gets waste management right, cases of diseases and attendant effects on the residents could be minimized. Meanwhile, the FCT

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r Evans Onyekele, the Programme Manager, FCT Health Services Scheme (FHSS), has expressed the scheme’s readiness to provide affordable and qualitative healthcare delivery to the territory’s workforce and other residents. Onyekele told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja that the social health insurance programme was de-

signed to promote and improve the health situation in the FCT. “The FHSS is a healthcare financing reform, or Social Health Insurance Scheme, which operates on the principles of solidarity, risk-sharing and pooling of resources. “It also ensures the provision of affordable, accessible and qualitative healthcare to the FCT workforce and other resi-

dents alike on sustainable basis. “The agency’s mission is to facilitate easy and stress-free healthcare financing through the pooling and judicious utilisation of finance resources to provide financial risk protection and cost burden-sharing for people.’’ Onyekele said the scheme was introduced to eliminate the high cost of healthcare through a

pre-payment programme prior to when the enrollee would need it. “Enrollees shall have the right to choose a provider, right to be issued with means of identification and right to easy access to quality healthcare without hindrance.’’ He added that the enrollees would also have the right to be treated at a facility with respect and dignity.

“They will also have the right to change provider after six months of initial access, among other benefits,’’ the programme manager said. Onyekele said the scheme was committed to ensuring that enrollees got the best healthcare delivery services. “So, I urge FCT residents to key into the scheme to enable them enjoy the benefits,’’ he said.

EXCO in session has approved the FCT Healthcare Waste Management Guideline to specifically tackle waste from healthcare institutions in the FCT, which poses great danger to some citizens. “Waste handlers and scavengers risk contracting diseases like HIV/ AIDS, hepatitis B, and possible outbreak of other diseases which can ordinarily be stemmed by effective healthcare waste management,” Senator Mohammed stressed. The council noted with concern the resolution of the 50th National Council on Health in Abuja in 2006, which observed that Healthcare Waste Management poses serious problem to healthcare delivery. To further prevent disease infection in FCT from such waste, he recalled that modern incinerators and Ash pits for the disposal of Health care waste have been provided at all the Secondary healthcare facilities, while the primary healthcare facilities practice the “Burn and Bury” system of waste disposal to further tackle it.


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he suspension of Central Bank of Ngeria (CBN) governor, Mr. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi by the Federal Government has elicited intense debate in the public domain. The Presidency has attributed his suspension to alleged official misconducts; he has been alleged to appropriate public funds and offered financial donation to the main opposition figure, General Muhammed Buhari. The CBN governor has been alleged to donate fund to Othman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto, and Bayero University (BUK), Kano. He was alleged to have donated N4.3 billion to BUK, but the university claimed it received N1billion. The suspended CBN governor was alleged to have donated fund to victims of Boko Haram insurgency in Kano and other parts of the northern Nigeria. He was accused by critics as betraying a preference for northern concerns. Quite recently, Sanusi claimed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), did not remit $49.8 billion to the CBN account for onward transfer to the

Federation Account. The Senate intervention led to reconciliation among the CBN, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Ministry of Finance and NNPC thereby concluding that $10.8 billion had not been remitted. Mr. Sanusi Lamido revisited the issue when he raised fresh allegation that $20 billion had not been remitted to the CBN account. The NNPC, however, denied his allegation and challenged him to substantiate his claims. The suspension of CBN governor, Mr. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has raised legal and moral questions. Section 11 (2) (f) of the CBN Act empowers the President to remove the CBN governor with a twothird approval of the Nigerian Senate. There is no evidence that the President submitted a request and secured ratification to remove the CBN chief. Furthermore, the CBN Act does not make proviso for the suspension of CBN governor as did the presidency. It is therefore, imperative to ask whether the President can suspend the CBN governor when he cannot sack him without recourse to Senate. The suspension of Sanusi raises fear that he was suspended to shift attention from the alleged $20 billion unremitted fund. The NNPC and Ministry of Petroleum Resources would need to disclose their accounts and give substantial responses to the allegations of Sanusi. The alleged official misconduct of suspended CBN governor is not adequate to vitiate the weight of alleged $20 billion unremit-

THE SUSPENSION OF SANUSI RAISES FEAR THAT HE WAS SUSPENDED TO SHIFT ATTENTION FROM THE ALLEGED

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UNREMITTED FUND ted fund. We should recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has banned political campaigns and insists the political class should conform to the 2015 general elections timetable. The President visited Owerri, Imo State, to admit decampees into the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The nature and ambiance of the event suggested a political campaign contrary to INEC’s directive. The Presidency should not behave in a manner that suggests it is above the law. INEC should not send a wrong signal that it lacks the capacity to reprimand the Presidency or ensure the Presidency respects its directive. The ethnic strife in northern Nigeria has not abated; Plateau and Benue states have been hotbeds of conflicts that results in the death of Nigerians. The media has reported killings in Plateau by gunmen and killings in Benue as a result of the clashes between the Fulani herdsmen and local farmers.

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It is tragic that the state appears helpless in the seemingly ceaseless killings. The security deficit has been worsened by the audacious and spineless activities of Boko Haram. It has been increasingly difficult to ascertain its purpose and agenda. The insurgency has virtually destroyed the economy of the Northeast part of Nigeria; and the insurgent group appears to show the capacity to over-run the governments in the Northeast. The indigeneship and settler question underlines the recurring conflict in Plateau and Benue; these issues are threatening the unity of the country. The nature and depth of threats to the Nigerian federation makes it imperative to re-negotiate its unity. The federal government claimed the country is indivisible and indissoluble; but there are pervasive centrifugal forces that threaten the polity. It is imperative to re-negotiate the country’s unity to secure a stronger federation. The re-negotiation process will not likely lead to disintegration, but a viable polity with clearly defined structural and operational contexts. The forthcoming national conference is, however, faulted with the proposed submission of its findings to the National Assembly. The delegates must seize the initiative and insist on a new constitution that will be ratified by the populace through a referendum. The sovereign authority lies with the people and this should be exercised through the national conference.

The scorecard of my stewardship RAUF AREGBESOLA

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e took the reins of power when the state was suffering from the cancerous pains of huge and badly negotiated debts. It was a time when tensions arising from youth unemployment and political infractions reigned like mighty waves on turbulent oceans. All there was to governance then was mere form with insignificantly little substance. But when we assumed office, we had clear understanding of what we would do about the substantial decay and ineffectiveness that had weakened the pillars of the state’s education sector. We knew that only firmly sustained and coordinated assaults on poverty, hunger, unemployment, and decrepit road infrastructure could restore the dignity of our people. Thus, armed adequately with our viable blueprint – the Six-point Integral Action Plan, which aims at banishing hunger, poverty and unemployment, providing functional education, restoring healthy living and communal harmony – we frontally engaged the problems we inherited with a depth of empathy, a breath of ingenuity, and a keen sense of responsibility. Thus, the malady of arrested development that made Osun unliveable in the past has received the cure of effective peopleoriented policies and the therapy of uncommon responsible democratic governance. Specifically, we have reformed and reorganised our public schools into Elementary, Middle, and High Schools for easy administration. The

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HAS AND IS STILL BENEFITTING FROM MASSIVE FUNDING AND PROVISION OF ESSENTIAL FACILITIES FOR THE ATTAINMENT OF GREATER VALUE pupils in each of the schools now get the attention which squares aptly with their educational needs. For instance, those in the Elementary School (Grades one to four) are given free protein-rich meals every school day in order to fortify their mental redoubts. This programme covers 300,000 pupils and gulps N3.6 billion yearly. We have as a result of this programme recorded unusual increase in the enrolment figures of pupils. I’m sure it is no longer news to this distinguished gathering that Osun now has the highest primary school enrolment figures in the country. The introduction of the computer tablet (Opon-Imo) to public school education in Osun is another marker of the innovation that our administration spearheaded. Indisputably, this is a world-beater in innovative e-learning. This ground-breaking innovation enables us to reduce the huge sum that goes

into the purchase of textbooks. Preloaded with different tutorial notes, past questions, and textbooks on 17 subjects that students register for in the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations (WASSCE), the National Examination Council (NECO), and the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), the device puts a permanent end to the worries of parents, teachers and students with regard to the unavailability of requisite learning materials. Our administration has so far committed N1.2 billion into this project. Several thousands of units of this device have already been distributed to teachers and students in our public secondary schools; our target is for all the 150,000 students in the high schools to each have one unit of the device. I am happy to inform this gathering that today in Ilesa, there is now a factory that will see to the production of Opon-Imo, as well as mobile phones, plasma television and computers. This, in addition, will also create more jobs for the wellbeing of the youths of the state. New modern, standard school buildings are also springing up in different local governments within the state. While some have been completed and are already in use, many more are at advanced stages of completion. Through the School Infrastructure Development Programme, we are changing the physical infrastructure of learning. Thus far we have expended the sum of N14.8 billion on the construction of school buildings under the O’School Programme. The total capital ex-

penditure we have disbursed thus far on schools in the last three years is N31.31 billion. This underlines the importance we place on the education of our youths. The recurrent expenditure on education translates to an average expenditure of N84, 000 and N30, 000 on each elementary pupils and secondary students respectively. The change of school uniforms and the free distribution of 750,000 pieces of new uniforms are vivid demonstration of how important the physical appearance of our students is to us. The education sector in Osun has and is still benefitting from massive funding and provision of essential facilities for the attainment of greater value. Education remains the bedrock of the functional development being enjoyed in the state. Through it, we are innovatively shaping the future of the citizens. Under our watch, road infrastructure development in the state is being recorded on an unprecedented scale. Through uncommon financial engineering, we are rehabilitating and constructing roads across the cities and towns in the state. To be continued An abstract of the speech made by Ogbeni Aregbesola, governor of State of Osun,as recipient of the 2013 Man-of-the-Year Award organized by Independent Newspapers Send your views by mail or sms to PMB 10001, Ikoyi, or our Email: mail@ nationalmirroronline.net mirrorlagos@ yahoo.com or 08164966858 (SMS only). The Editor reserves the right to edit and reject views or photographs. Pseudonyms may be used but must be clearly marked as such.


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APC’s membership drive: Caution!

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he All Progressives Congress (APC), the main opposition party in the country, recently flagged off a nation-wide members’ registration drive, which was apparently a strategy to determine its numerical strength and advantages in future polls. The APC probably embarked on the measure to also forestall any attempt to shortchange it in time to come, as well as to expand, retain and manage its membership. The opposition party has, indeed, sent signals that it is battle-ready for immediate elections in some states like Ekiti and Osun, even before the 2015 general elections. In terms of strategy and the strengthening of internal democracy, the move is commendable. It is worth emulating by other parties. The membership registration job was well organized and aggressively done, with party chieftains at federal, state and local levels leading the army of followers in all the 36 states of the federation to take advantage of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) supervised registration. However, the membership registration exercise came on the heels of mass defections at the three levels of government of some members of the PDP and followers of the rebellious new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP)

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PROBLEMS. INCREASE IN SIZE AND NUMBER CAN BE EXPLOITED SILENTLY FOR POLITICAL GAINS FOR THE SAKE OF PEACE to the APC. The cross-carpeting of a troop of PDP members of the House of Representatives to the APC had launched the opposition to the realm of a major contender and the only visible threat to the ruling party. Therefore, the APC membership registration project represented a step at not just consolidating its systematic membership drive, but a show and test of strength, a sort of dress rehearsal towards possibly outdoing the ruling party at future elections. But aggressive and calculative as the membership drive might appear, however, the APC may be dragging the ropes of tolerance too far. This is because it may be safe and harmless to put all in place to surpass a political rival. But steps considered as coercing members of rival parties to join the APC could be counter-productive. There

is no iron cast assurance that members forced to register with a particular party would cast their votes for the party during crucial elections, for example. It is common knowledge that stalwarts of the ruling party feel the APC is desperately seeking the decimation of the PDP, and that the opposition party’s membership registration move amounts to nothing else than an attempt to hoodwink other parties’ members into registering and becoming members of the APC. Popular imagination suggests that other unacceptable use to which the APC registration drive could be put is that the possession or otherwise of the party’s membership card might form the basis of conceding to or denying Nigerians public privileges or opportunities in APC-controlled states. In any circumstance, however, the APC should not forget in a hurry the events of 1951 and 1952, when the defunct Action Group’s (AG) tactics to outwit and defeat its main rival, the erstwhile National Council of Nigerian Citizens (NCNC), were described as poaching and dirty politics. The NCNC leader, the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, who had predicted a majority of seats in the Western Nigeria legislature to give him the office of Premier of Western Region, was humiliated when some

of his party’s elected legislators cross-carpeted to the AG, a development that gave Chief Awolowo the premiership of the region. The NCNC, we recall, had accused the AG of hoodwinking its members, including serving NCNC political office holders, to dump it for the AG. That political episode did not only sour the relationship between Awo and Zik, it also led to the dispute over the true winner of the election. Up to this day, a part of the polity still believes that the 1951 Western Region election was not free and fair. The ‘brute’ tactics of the AG heated up the polity and led to all sorts of avoidable disputations. The APC should thus learn from this and tread with caution. The manner of seeking public declaration of defection, as demonstrated by 11 senators in the National Assembly, may be seen as a smart political move. Indeed, that appears a deft way of undermining and deflating the opposition. But the backlash, particularly in a more violence-prone political season and age, is not always palatable. Politics is a game of numbers and how to optimally exploit such for gains. But relying on force to buoy numbers in politics creates problems. Increase in size and number can be exploited silently for political gains for the sake of peace.

ON THIS DAY February 26, 1971 Former United Nations Secretary-General, U Thant, signed United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day. Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970; and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.

February 26, 1995 United Kingdom’s oldest investment banking institute, Barings Bank, collapsed after securities broker, Nick Leeson, lost $1.4 billion by speculating on the Singapore International Monetary Exchange using futures contracts. Barings Bank was an English merchant bank based in London and one of the world’s oldest merchant banks. It was founded in 1762 and was owned by the German-origined Baring family.

February 26, 2013 A hot air balloon crashed near Luxor, Egypt, killing 19 people. The hot air balloon is the oldest successful human-carrying flight technology. It is part of a class of aircraft known as balloon aircraft. On November 21, 1783, in Paris, France, the first untethered manned flight was performed by Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent d’Arlandes in a hot air balloon created on December 14, 1782 by the Montgolfier brothers.


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Mixed reactions trail new Health Act FRANKA OSAKWE

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ixed reactions have continued to trail the passage of the National Health Bill by the Nigeria senate last week, as health workers again renewed their opposition to some of its clauses which they consider inimical to their group professional interest. The bill was first passed on May 19, 2011 by the Senate but drew the ire of health workers except the doctors, forcing the president to withhold his assent. The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in a statement applauded the senate for passing the bill into law while the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) on the other hand, said the new law had not addressed some of the issues earlier raised by health workers. In an exclusive interview with National Mirror, the PSN president, Pharm Olumide Akintayo expressed his displeasure at some clauses contained in section one and nine of the health bill which he said were in direct conflict with provisions in the existing Acts of Parliaments of section 42 of 1995 constitution, including the PSN Act, Medical Laboratory Science Council Act and Nursing and Midwifery Council Act. “We have not received any news of amendment of section one and nine of this bill which obviously contradicts the PSN act and section 42 of 1995 constitution. If that is the case, then we will take our grievances to the House of Representatives. In fact, we will revert to legal discourse”, he vowed. Akintayo denounced the Senator Ifeanyi Okowa-led Senate Committee on Health on their handling of the health bill clauses as it affects the other health workers. However, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), in a statement said it received “with satisfaction and fulfilment” the news of the senate passage of the National Health Bill into law. The association applauded the Senate and the Senate Committee on Health, for their dispassionate consideration and passage of the National Health Bill. “We call on the leadership of the House of Representatives ably chaired by the ‘’Face of Healthy Living and Health Check-up in Nigeria, Rt.Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal CFR, and the leadership of the House Committee on Health led by Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, to do same and give Nigerians cause for

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greater joy and celebration within the shortest possible time, especially as the enthronement of a National Health Act will help to put a stop to the several avoidable deaths of children, women, the elderly and other Nigerians as a result of poor and inequitable access to a minimum package of healthcare services which the Nigerian state truly owes her citizens”. The release, sighed by the NMA President, Dr. Osahon Enabulele further said, adding that the passage of the bill would help to substantially reverse the trend of frequent and sometimes unnecessary foreign medical trips, and make Nigeria a destination for medical tourism. Meanwhile, the sponsor of the bill Senator Ifeanyi Okowa (PDP-Delta) while speaking to newsmen recently in Abuja has said that the new bill would help Nigeria to achieve the Universal Health Coverage and meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target. Okowa said the bill would not only bring remarkable improvement in the health care sector, but it would also regulate the practice in the sector and eliminate quacks while promoting professionalism. He mentioned that the bill would provide basic health funds needed by Nigeria. According to him, it will ensure that the Federal Government contributes one per cent of the consolidated revenue fund for the development of Primary Health Care (PHC) in the country. “The bill is also for the purpose of providing health care insurance to certain class of people who are actually deprived.

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THE NEW LAW HAD NOT ADDRESSED SOME OF THE ISSUES EARLIER RAISED BY HEALTH WORKERS “The 50 per cent of the one percent fund that is provided for in clause 11 under a Basic Health Care Fund will be utilised by the NHIS for providing health coverage. “This will cover pregnant women, children who are under five and the elderly and physically challenged persons.” Okowa said that he was hopeful that the President would use his discretion to increase the fund from the one per cent stipulated in the bill. According to him, part of the funds will be used to equip the Primary Health Centres (PHCs) as well as train and re-train nurses and midwives. “PHC is what we need in this country and we are supposed to have at least one primary health care centre in every ward, but we do not have well trained personnel. ``We need to train them and we need to have adequate drugs, equipment and facilities”, he said. He said that the bill would allow states to participate in improving primary health centres through a counterpart fund that would enable them to benefit

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from the consolidated revenue fund. “Fifty per cent of the fund shall be used for the provision of basic minimum package of health services to citizens in eligible primary or secondary health care facilities through the NHIS. “Twenty per cent of the fund shall provide essential vaccines and consumables for eligible primary healthcare facilities. “Fifteen per cent shall be for the provision and maintenance of facilities, equipment and transport for PHC facilities’’, he said. According to him, 10 per cent of the fund shall be used for the development of human resources for PHC”. Speaking on the friction existing among professional bodies in the health sector, the lawmaker said that the National Health Bill was tailored to put an end to the endless crisis. According to him, it will define responsibilities and limitations of each professional body. ``It will also create opportunity for the Nigerian health practitioners to make inputs into the annual budgets of the health sector,” he said. The bill also made provision for five per cent of the consolidated revenue fund to be used for emergency medical treatment to be administered by a committee appointed by the National Council on Health. Okowa, who chairs the Senate Committee on Health, expressed confidence that the bill would enjoy speedy assent by the president and hoped that implementation would begin in 2015.


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Nutrition for Health Chizoba Nwobu chizobanwobu@yahoo.com 08065651922 (sms only)

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iet is an essential element of a diabetes treatment because diet and disease cannot be separated from each other. Diabetes, often referred to as diabetes mellitus, is a group of metabolic diseases in which a person’s sugar level in the blood is high either because insulin production is inadequate, or because the body’s cells do not respond properly to insulin, or both. Patients with high blood sugar will in general experience frequent urination, they will become increasingly thirsty and hungry, chronic complications like neuropathy (nerve damage), hypertension and other heart damages, kidney problems, stroke, erectile dysfunction (male impotence), retinopathy(eye problems), etc usually sets in. It is important to eat well especially when accompanied with well- balanced foods, with adequate consideration given to the individual’s usual food and eating habits, metabolic profile, treatment goals, and desired results. H. K. Bakhru in his book “conquering diabetes naturally”, stated that: “Paying attention to what you eat is not about starving yourself. It is neither about calorie counting nor about forbidding food nor eating less nor self denial. It is more about giving thought to what

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Controlling your blood sugar through healthy eating you eat, and eating some foods more than others. The important thing is to be aware of nutritional content of what you eat, and particularly on the fat content. It is the fat we eat which makes us fat.” When you eat excess calories and fat, your body responds by creating an undesirable rise in blood glucose. If blood sugar/glucose is not kept in check, it can lead to severe health problems.A healthy-eating plan that is naturally rich in nutrients like vitamins as well as calories- low in fat, carbohydrates and proteins are essential. It is advisable therefore, to consume more servings of complex carbohydrates because they are broken down into blood glucose gradually. Examples are: whole grain (brown rice, beans, peas and lentils), fruits and vegetables (starchy vegetables like corn, potatoesshould be taken in small quantities). Consume dietary fiber, examples of good fiber choices are legumes, nuts and seeds, whole-grains products, fruits and vegetables. Research, shows that, “low intake of dietary fiber (less than 20 grams per day) over the course of a lifetime is associated with development of numerous health problems including constipation, hemorrhoids, colon cancer, obesity, gallstones and elevated cholesterol levels”. Avoid refined or processed foods such as canned fruits and vegetables, pulp- free juices, white breads and pastas, and non-whole-grain cereals are lower in fiber. Similarly, removing the skin from fruits and vegetables decreases

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their fiber content. When switching from a low-fiber diet to a high-fiber diet, it is vital to switch gradually, because you might experience bloating (gas) and this is very discomforting. Inadequate chewing can prevent the health benefits of fiber from being realized. It is also vital to consume heart healthy fats. They are basically found in foods such as omega-6 fats such as those found in virgin olive oil, grape seed oil, rice bran oil or raw nuts and seeds like natural organic peanuts butter, avocados, walnuts and almonds. And Omega-3 fats such as those found in cold water fish, marine mammals, etc. Hearthealthy fats heal the body by strengthening and nourishing the cell membranes, protects the brain, reversing signs of brain aging, prevents Alzheimer’s disease and dementia development, protects the heart from inflam-

Dental Sealants: Protecting the teeth against decay

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he sealants are used in the prevention of tooth decay in children; they are rubber/plastic-like materials applied to the teeth that are most susceptible to dental decay (dental caries). The back teeth, that are the posterior teeth in the mouth are susceptible to dental decay because of their morphology and structure as they have cracks, pits and fissures which are like weak points in the tooth structure. These are what make the teeth more susceptible to dental decay. This makes decay in the front teeth not as common as tooth decay in the posterior teeth, known as the molars both in children teeth (deciduous dentition) and adult teeth (permanent dentition). These pits, fissures, cracks are areas on the teeth that are difficult to clean, even after rigorous cleaning effort; therefore they are more susceptible

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to the acid attack which leads to cavitations and dental caries. The plaque food debris that accumulates makes the bacteria in the mouth able to use the substrate to produce lactic acid. It is the lactic acid which leaches the inorganic parts of the tooth structure the enamel which makes the tooth resistant ordinarily to dental caries. The role of the dental sealant is to eliminate this pits fissures crevices on the teeth. This it does by blocking out the ‘defects’, smoothening out the surfaces of the teeth and keeping the food particles out of these grooves. The permanent molars and the deciduous molars benefit most from fissure sealants. Fissure sealants are best applied just after the teeth erupt into the mouth before decay has a chance to set in, a sort of pre-emptive approach to treatment.

The first permanent molars erupt at about the age of six and the second permanent molars erupt at about the age of twelve so applying fissure sealants within these age range will ensure a great reduction in the level of caries experienced in an individual. The third permanent molars often referred as the wisdom teeth erupt about the age of seventeen years to as much as twenty –one years. These last molars are sometimes not having sufficient space to erupt into the mouth and therefore become impacted, causing a source of intense pain, they need to be surgically removed, and the impacted third molar will be addressed as a different topic in the near future. The fissure sealants have an advantage over conventional restorative filling materials as drilling with complex equipment and anaesthesia are not necessary. Tooth structure is also not removed to effect the restoration, there is no cavity preparation and it is often a painless procedure, it is a nice way to introduce children to the dentist, coupled with topical fluoride application. The ease of application has led to some countries including this procedure in the school awareness program and I believe we in Nigeria can do well to replicate this idea. The procedure can indeed be performed not necessarily by a dentist as in New Zealand where the school health nurses perform same. Dental therapists and hygienist and specified ancillary staff can carry out

mation, prevents colon and breast cancers, reduces the risk of stroke and it has anti- hypertensive effects. When consuming proteins, consume those that are lower in fats because high- fat dairy products and animal proteins such as beef, hot dogs, sausage and bacon contain saturated fats. Trans fats such as fats found in processed snacks, baked goods, shortening and stick margarines should be highly avoided completely. Use butter and other spreads sparingly; choosing lean cuts of meat or trim fat off; grilling, baking or steaming food rather than frying; swapping saturated fats such as butter for unsaturated oils such as olive oil, etc; consuming two to three portions of oily fish each week (e.g. sardines, mackerel, fresh tuna, salmon).

ORAL HEALTH CARE Dr. Samuel Awosolu Samawosolu@yahoo.co. 08108155239 the procedure which can take roughly less than two minutes. The obstacle in a country like Nigeria may however be in the control mechanism to ensure quality and not abuse as often ancillary staff have been known to set up places where they carry out procedures far out of their scope and job description. This could be a real let down to the ideal of treatment for prevention being replaced by sharp practices and quackery, I will leave that to the policy makers. The procedure to apply tooth sealant is simple. A special gel called etching gel is used to prepare the teeth surface, this gel is washed off and the soft plastic material is applied. This hardens in time to fill the fissures, it is easily done in a couple of minutes. The sealants come in various shades and colours and are, to the untrained eye not visible. It can be tinted to mimic the surrounding teeth structure. Sealants have a long life span. They can be in place for upwards ten to fifteen yearss. However, they need to be periodically checked by the dentists. In summary the use of fissure sealants is a better option than waiting for a cavity to form that is dental decay when a filling becomes unavoidable. The maxim is “decay destroys teeth, sealants protect teeth.” See you next week.


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Indian neurosurgeon nabbed in Abuja for practising without licence MARCUS FATUNMOLE ABUJA

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53-year-old Indian neurosurgeon, Dr. Raju Bhuvaneswara Basina, has been arrested by men of the Nigerian police force and officials of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, MDCN, for practising without being licensed by the MDCN. MDCN is the regulatory agency responsible for licensing doctors and dentists, including ensuring they meet up with professional standards in Nigeria. Basina was picked up by police and MDCN officials from Apo Resettlement Division at Asokoro District Hospital in Abuja. The accused was performing a Craniotomy (brain surgery) in an operating theatre when police and MDCN’s inspectorate officials led by Dr. Henry Okwuokenye stormed the Hospital for his arrest. Sources said he had been conducting Neurosurgical

operations at the hospital for over a year without approval from the regulatory council. It took the intervention of Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Ahmadu Abubakar, before he was allowed to conclude the surgery he was working on before he was whisked away by the officials. Among the officials that effected his arrest was President, Guild of Medical Directors, Dr. Tony Phillips. Okwuokenye, Head, Inspectorate Unit of MDCN, informed journalists that investigations had shown that the culprit had been practising at the hospital for months before he applied to MDCN for a licence in August last year. “The MDCN is yet to process Basina’s application while response from our counterpart in India’s medical regulating agency is pending. But Basina has continued to work on contract, insisting that he had applied. Okwuokenye argued that

Nigeria hosts first Podiatry conference FRANKA OSAKWE

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odiatrists, experts in the branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases of the human foot will gather in Nigeria next month as the Rainbow Specialist Medical Centre, the specialised diabetes hospital, holds the nation’s first ever Podiatry conference. According to a release signed by Dr. Afoke Isiavwe, an Endocrinologist and Managing Director of Rainbow Clinic, the Podiatry conference which holds between March 17 and 21 will feature presentations by leading Podiatrists from around the world and will present a rare opportunity for Nigerian doctors and other practitioners involved in the management of diabetes to be exposed to specialised foot care, a procedure not commonly practised in the country. The statement said the training would cover foot and ankle care in Diabetes Mellitus (DM), Pre and post-ulcerative wound management, Charcot foot, contact casts, negative Pressure therapy for healing DM wounds, Doppler imaging, basic pharmacology and surgical interventions among others. Also the conference would feature

small group sessions during practicals and an overview of DM foot in Nigeria to be discussed by specialists from different zones in the country. International speakers include Dr. Craig A. Camaster, Podiatry Section Chairman, St, Joseph’s Hospital Atlanta, Georgia, and also Faculty/Lecturer, American Academy of Foot and Ankle Osteosynthesis; Justin Meyer, Associate, American College of Foot and Ankle surgeons; Aprajita Nakra, Founder, Advanced Ankle and Foot, Gilbert, Arizona, USA; Rahn Ravenell, Fellow American College of Foot and Ankle surgeons and Thomas Smith also Fellow American College of Foot and Ankle surgeons. Dr. Afoke further disclosed that Rainbow Clinic had chosen to host the conference for the first time in Nigeria in view of the growing incidence of diabetes in the country and the need for health professionals to be exposed to all aspects of management of the condition. She said the hospital had taken steps to encourage as many Nigerian physicians as possible to attend with the hope that many would begin to show interest in Podiatry also known as chiropody to help save people living with diabetes from amputation and unnecessary death.

Basina should not consider his application on which action had not been taken because of the response being expected from Indian medical regulating agency as an authorization for practicing. Besides, he maintained that Basina did not possess a temporary licence given to doctors who are trained outside

Nigeria. He further accused Basina for failing to obtain the council’s response before practising. “We wrote a letter to India to tell us about the status and license of Basina, but they are yet to get back to us. Although he claimed to have applied, mere application is not a license to practice.

When we asked him if a doctor could practice in India without license, he said no. Why then is he practising in Nigeria? Time has come for us to sanitize the system, Nigeria is not a banana republic where anything can happen”, Okwuokenye warned. At the time of filing this report, it was not clear if the

accused had been granted bail by the police. The application Basina submitted at the MDCN contained photocopies of credentials from Nazims Institute of Medical Sciences and Rangaraya Medical College. However, Basina, while at the hospital, insisted he was right with his action.

L-R: Area Vice President, Middle East& Africa, AstraZeneca Nigeria, Tarek Rabah; Provost, College of Medicine, University College Lagos, Professor Folashade Ogunsola; Country President, South Africa & Sub-Sahara Africa, AstraZeneca Nigeria, Karl Friberg and, Country Manager, AstraZeneca Nigeria, Jude Abonu at the launch of AstraZeneca Scientific Research Trust Grant in Nigeria held in Lagos recently.

AstraZeneca boosts health research with $300,000 grant SEKINAH LAWAL

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enowned Professor of Medicine, Olu Akinkugbe has commended the AstraZeneca Nigeria Research Grant, describing it as a novel initiative that will make a meaningful difference in the health of our nation. Making the commendation at the launch of the health research grant, the eminent professor urged other companies to borrow a leaf from such great ideas. The AstraZeneca Nigeria Research Grant is an initiative to facilitate research in both

communicable and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in this West African country and follows closely on the recent successful launch of a comparable venture in Kenya earlier this year. Over the next three years, AstraZeneca will invest a total of $300,000 ($100,000/year), in a variety of research projects in Nigeria, with the aim of building medical capacity in the country, providing support to both experienced medical academics as well as medical academics embarking on a career in research. Karl Friberg, AstraZeneca’s Country President for South Africa and Sub-Saha-

ran Africa, says the intention is to fund 5-7 projects each year. “Prevalence/epidemiological, pharmaco-economic and health outcomes data are vital if we’re to understand the disease burden in Africa. The Grant will make possible the studies needed to provide such data.” AstraZeneca, a global biopharmaceutical company has launched a research trust grant that will contribute immensely by providing innovative medicines solutions to most critical diseases that embattle the world today (most especially Africa).

The focus in Africa on infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS and malaria is now broadening to include NCDs like cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases (e.g. hypertension) and asthma. “We know these conditions are increasing rapidly in Africa, but we’re unable to quantify the extent of the problem,” he continues. “We need local data to know what we’re dealing with – so that we can partner with government to address matters earlier in the disease process and avoid the higher downstream costs that come with treating advanced disease states.”

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resident Goodluck Jonathan has commissioned N3.2billion ($20 million) Nizamaye Hospital, a product of Nigeria-Turkey bilateral relations. The 80-bed, state-of-the-art facility, is located within the Federal Capital Territory’s industrial layout; and it is the debut of Turkey’s interest in Nigeria’s healthcare services. Speaking at the ceremony, recently, President Jonathan

expressed delight that the relationship between the two countries had grown to benefit several facets of Nigerian economy, including the education and health sectors. “If our citizens are not healthy, then the efforts and resources we have expended in transforming our country will be in futility. Therefore, investment of this nature deserves to be encouraged. This action also demonstrate a concrete and commendable response to government’s clarion call for enhanced private sector participation in healthcare

delivery in Nigeria, which is the bedrock of our Transformation Agenda,” the President said. He added that the determination of government was to ensure access to quality and affordable health care services by the nation’s citizens. Jonathan informed that projects such as the hospital in the health sector would help in investing hitherto capital flights arising from medical tourism into the nation’s economy. He also pledged government commitment to strengthening

the nation’s health institutions and services. Besides, the President called for more private sector involvement in the nation’s health care drives to further enhance availability of quality service, through more skilled manpower, and provision of jobs for Nigerians. In his address, Turkey’s ambassador to Nigeria, Mustafa Pulat, said the hospital was another token from his country’s interest and determination to come to Nigeria. He added: “It is our own investment in the human capital of Nigeria.”


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Breast implants endanger women’s lives –Experts

...may lead to death FRANKA OSAKWE

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ith Breast implant surgery, a woman can have that full and youthful breasts that turn men’s head even from miles away, but scientists have confirmed that the procedure may result in adverse effects and possibly death in some cases. Women with the giant and robust breast are idolized not by men alone as fashion magazines and papers love to splash those boobs all over their papers; the big boobs entertainers such as Cossy Orjiakor, Sikirat Sindodo, Mercy Johnson, Yvonne Jegede, Jennifer Eliogu and a host of others often get more hype for their endowment rather than their talent, little wonder the rate of breast implant surgeries has exploded over the past decade, with over 5 million recipient all over the world, as reported by American Food and Drug Administration FDA. According to a new data released by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, breast surgery is adjudged the most popular plastic surgery after Lipoplasty (suction-assisted fat removal) with a year record of 316,848 surgeries in America in 2011 alone, and 11,123 in UK. This is despite the PIP implant scandal reported by BBC in June, 2012 in which a silicone implant made by a French company, Poly Implants Prostheses (PIP), was discovered to be industrial grade with abnormally high risk of rupturing. Studies have shown that Industrial silicone, if ruptured can penetrate the blood stream and may be hazardous to health. About 50,000 British women were

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BREAST IMPLANT EXPOSES WOMEN TO A LOW BUT INCREASED RISK OF DEVELOPING A RARE TYPE OF CANCE CANCER CALLED ANAPLASTIC LARGE ARGE CELL LYMPHOM LYMPHOMA

(ALCL) ALCL) IN THE BREA BREAST TISSUE SURROUNDING THE IMPLANT believed to have received the implant, the company boss has since been sentenced to four years imprisonment for fraud and the product banned. But this has not deterred women from the procedure as report from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) shows a 13 percent rise after the scandal, from 2012 to 2013. Nigerian women are not left out of the craze with celebrities such as Modupe Ozolua CEO Body Enhancement, steering the wheel in cosmetic surgery and being a receipient of implant herself. Also Karen Igho, a onetime Big Brother African BBA winner openly admitting recently to having a fake boob in her twitter page. Although there are no documented statistics of breast implant surgeries in Nigeria, Dr, Bolaji Mofikoya, a consultant plastic surgeon at Lagos University Teaching Hospital told National Mirror that breast implant is also gaining popularity in Nigeria particularly among the highly

placed ladies who prefer the private clinics to government hospitals not minding the high cost. While it cost around two fifty to three hundred thousand naira to have a breast implant in LUTH, private clinics such as Georgia Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery by Dr. Stanley Okoro, or Body Enhancement, Would take not less than 1.5 to 2.5 million for the same procedure. But huge cash is not the only price to pay; risks to consider are: Possibility of death: Chances are that the implant, depending on the quality might leak into the blood stream and cause death, explains Dr. Mofikoya. He said that although there is no evidence yet that those breast implants cause breast cancer, their presence may hide developing tumours when women undergo X-ray screening with mammograms, so their cancer is more advanced when diagnosed. Aside this, “there may be some possible future hazards to this implants surgeries. In the 1940s for instance, people did not know that smoking can lead to cancer but now scientists have proven it”. However, report by US food and drug administration FDA in 2011 reveals that breast implant exposes women to a low but increased risk of developing a rare type of cancer called anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) in the breast tissue surrounding the implant. Breast feeding: Dr Mofikoya says implant might not prevent a woman from breast feeding but no one knows for sure if the implant could possibly leak into the breast milk and get

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sucked by the child. For instance, silicone breast implant contains platinum which could be harmful if ingested by a baby. Some other studies suggest that implant may prevent a woman from producing milk or interfere with the production of milk. The need for further surgeries: The US FDA estimates that breast implants should last at least ten years or more, but overtime breast implants may wear out and need to be replaced by surgery. In general, rupture becomes more likely as implants age. Aside rupture, breast implants may change shape, one breast might start to look very different from the other, sometimes the tissues around the implant hardens, a condition called capsular contracture. Surgery is the only way to fix capsular contracture. Surgical complications: Other complications as published by US FDA and listed in the patient labeling of approved breast implants are surgical infections, bleeding, skin rash, seroma (collection of fluid around the implant), shifting of implants, Hematoma (collection of blood near the surgical site), swelling, calcification (hard lumps under the skin around implant). These can be mistaken for cancer during mammography, resulting in additional surgery. Changes in appearance and sensation: also breast implant can cause a loss of sensation in the breast and nipples as well as pain, particularly if the incision is done around the edge of the nipple. Dr Mofikoya says that excessive scarring is one major complaint from his clients. Finally, if you have your implant removed and not replaced, you will experience some irreversible changes to your natural breast such as dimpling, puckering, wrinkling, asymmetry and breast tissue loss.

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Aso Rock: Day actors abandoned film sets for Jonathan

President Jonathan and AGN members

L-R: President Jonathan, Ifeanyi Dike and Ibinabo Fiberesima

Last week, the Actors Guild of Nigeria, led by its National President, Ibinabo Fiberisma, visited President Goodluck Jonathan; a move that has engendered various reactions. But how imperative is such a visit to the industry?

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he present administration led by President Goodluck Jonathan has not hidden the fact that it has bias for the creative industry. So it did not come as a surprise that once again, the President in spite of his tight schedule would host the actors who came in their numbers from their various bases, across the country, abandoning movie locations and perhaps, ‘putting productions on hold’. It was a day of stock-taking, reflective of the government’s input in the industry which in the past three years has gotten funding interventions that are quite unprecedented in the history of the nation’s industry. Obviously, the visit was packaged to achieve two things: recognise the efforts of the President for his administration’s impact in the industry as well ask for some additional favours that would help buoy the industry to greater levels. In appreciation of what the President has done, he was conferred the honour of Grand Patron of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, making him the first Nigerian President to be so honoured by the group. The Chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Victor Osuagwu, who was part of the group that visited the Aso Rock Villa, enumerated the several reasons that qualified the President for the honour. “I believe if there is any honour greater that the one that was bestowed on the President, he deserves it. If you watch the way the industry is going, you will realise that no other leader in Nigeria has shown as much interest in what the artistes are do-

HIS COUNTERPART AT THE Jonathan receiving his plague as the Grand Patron of AGN

ing like the President. In the three years that he has been in power his government has initiated projects to boost the quality of production in our industry. The various grants the industry has gotten are stimulating better works in Nollywood and that is because the President has recognised that Nollywood is a potential income earner, and I am also happy that he mentioned that the industry has placed Nigeria on a good platform around the world. Making him our grand patron for all her has done is not even adequate if you ask me.” On what the visit achieved, Osagwu told ‘Arts Lounge’ that the requests presented to the President by the actors were expressly approved, and would in a great way uplift the status of the guild. “The visit also availed us the opportunity to ask the President for certain support. He has been doing a lot for us, but we also used the opportunity to ask for a parcel of land at the Federal Capital Territory where our guild intends to build a befitting secretariat, and he gladly told us that efforts towards this would be intensified. It is a great achievement because the guild has no secretariat at FCT. With a befitting secretariat, our image in the FCT will be enhanced. Like I said, the AGN of 2014 is not the AGN of the early days of Nollywood, when artistes where meeting under canopies. Things are changing for the better”.

As the industry waits for the dividends of the visit, there is a controversial slant to it , which is of course the call by the group that the heads of the Nigerian Film Corporation, NFC, Danjuma Dadu and his counterpart at the National Film and Video Censors Board, Patricia Bala be removed. According to Ibinabo Fiberisma, who led the group, the two key agencies required purposeful leadership that would transform the industry. She told the President that those that have been appointed to run the regulatory agencies have shown lack of capacity to put the industry on the path of growth especially in the transformation agenda of the Federal Government, imploring the President to review appointments at the regulatory agencies and appoint administrators with passion, zeal and total dedication to the development of the film Industry. However, Steve Eboh, a prominent member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, while commending the visit, berated his colleagues for calling for the sack of the heads of those agencies. In a telephone interview with ‘Arts Lounge’, Steve said he was in support of the need for the President to help the industry to curb piracy and not for the sack of anybody. “I think the call is rather uncalled for. I support the idea that the President should intervene more in the industry and not for

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anyone to wake up to call for the sack of Dadu or Patricia Bala. For starters, Dadu has put in a lot to make the industry better than it was. He has been there for only a few months and it is unjust to call for his removal even before he starts working. The call for the removal of these people is irrational”. Aside the idea that the visit could have innate political motive, some people in the industry have also expressed dismay over the manner the representatives were selected. An actor, Ibiam Joe, dismissed the representation as a caucus, who is united by the fact that they are popular. “I can hardly call that the Actors Guild of Nigeria, because the representation is not balanced. Where are the upcoming actors in the whole arrangement? They were not invited. But when the elections are near, they will come and beg them to vote. And then you will not see the so-called stars because they do not participate in guild activities, but when it is time to go to Aso Rock, they will come out. Ask them the last time some of them attended guild functions. I am sure some of them may not have even paid their dues. This kind of attitude demoralises the new ones.”


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bservation has shown that many young Nigerians, especially city dwellers, do not speak their mother tongue, but English, a foreign language. Even with their parents, discussion is in English; but when the parents want to communicate among themselves or with other family relations, they use their mother tongue. When asked about the reason for excluding their children from conversation with them in their mother tongue, most parents replied that the children understand but cannot speak the language. This indeed raises a question as to the appropriateness of a Nigerian being unable to speak the language of his or her parents, the mother tongue. Mother tongue is a language original to a human community usually bequeathed to future generations by parents as a heritage. Speaking such a language goes a long way to show that an individual is a true descendant of the grandparents. Paradoxically, many Nigerians have been seen to abandon the use of these indigenous languages. It is important to state that speaking native languages is in line with God’s plan for man, as shown in the Holy Bible during the events of the Pentecost day (Acts 2:1-11), as believers gathered in Jerusalem praising God in their various native languages. According to the same Holy Book, it was God that gave man the different languages during the Tower of Babel episode (Genesis 11:1-9), and so, using them will simply demonstrate man’s obedience to Him. There are indeed great values in use of the mother tongue. The indigenous language of any society in the world contains all the ingredients for understanding, interpreting, and harnessing the resources of that environment, and mastering it is fundamental for effective harnessing of those resources. This language potential is in fact what the technologically advanced and rich nations of the world benefited from when they maintained the use of their native languages for both official and private communications. In a message to the global community to mark the 2012 International Mother Tongue Day, Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Ms Irina Bokova, emphasised the need for the global community to promote the use of mother tongues because they carry unique knowledge on biodiversity and management of ecosystem that can benefit the

EQUIPS THE CHILD BETTER TO MASTER NEW CONCEPTS IN THE CLASSROOM.

IT BOOSTS SELF-

CONFIDENCE AND SELF-ESTEEM, QUALITIES REQUIRED FOR BETTER ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

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world community. The mother tongue confers cultural identity to the speakers, with messages about tradition and customs which cannot easily be transferred through another language. Some of these messages are culturally packaged in form of proverbs, idioms, songs and music, dances, rhymes, myths, poetry etc. Mother tongue equips the child better to master new concepts in the classroom. It boosts self-confidence and self-esteem, qualities required for better academic achievement. It also enables people to interact and adjust well into their native communities. By speaking the mother tongue, children come to share the wisdom of their forefathers. In all cultures, parents and guardians occupy a critical place in the transfer of traditional and cultural values to children especially during pre-school years. They are a priceless resource team for children. They are in the best position to teach young ones the native language, just as they teach them other things like choice of food, dressing, respect for elders, how to pray etc. But some parents and guardians tend to believe that since English is used as medium of instruction in Nigerian schools, it will be better to teach children the language

early, to enable them achieve better results in school. This is quite erroneous because there is nothing to show that monolingual English speakers perform better than their counterparts in exams like SSCE, UME, degree exams and others. Others still see the use of English as accepted fashion and simply join the trend. But whatever the motive, parents should realize that teaching children to speak their mother tongue first is more beneficial since they will still learn English, which is supposed to be a second language for Nigerians. Religious bodies in Nigeria and elsewhere play vital role in establishing families, who in turn strive to preserve both religious and societal values. The religious leaders should therefore play a major role in promoting the native languages which are valuable assets of the society. They can do this through their sermon, as well as celebrating religious activities in native languages where possible. The corporate world is not to be left out in this effort. Measures can be introduced by the corporate world to stimulate interest in native languages as their own corporate social responsibility. One of the ways to create self-drive in young people about native languages might be to design job interviews to accommodate questions to be

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What is the title of your favouritte book? My favourite book is The Secret, written by Rhonda Byrne. Why is it your favourite? The theme is apt. The author explores the secrets of the law of attraction and how some great men and women in the world have applied the knowledge to their advantage. According to the book, attraction is like a magnetic power emitted through thoughts. Who is your favourite author? I will give it to Chinua Achebe for the several classics he gave us which

we grew up with. I mean the Things Fall Apart, No Longer at Ease, and Man of the People. What is your annual expenditure on books? I do not spend as much as I feel I should. Who influenced your reading habit? My mum is the earliest influence I have in terms of reading. She would buy and force me to read. When I grew up and realised that knowledge is power, I embraced it wholly and I hope to pass it along to my own kids. Knowledge is key; no matter what career you find yourself in.

answered in applicant’s native language. Similarly, Nollywood actors should package their films in Nigerian indigenous languages to promote the country’s culture. Musicians should do likewise and so on. Although section 55 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic Nigeria recognises English, Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba as national languages, effort should be made to promote the use and development of other indigenous languages because therein lies the opportunity to achieve technological growth and sustainable development for the country. It is, of course, an uphill task for an individual to master his or her physical, biological and socio-cultural environments with a foreign language, yet it is the proper understanding of these that can open the door of technological advancement and sustainable development. Several African scholars such as Professor Ali Mazrui of Kenya, Gilbert Tarugarira of Zimbabwe and Bodomo Adams of Ghana have expressed the position that Africa’s own languages are central to African development and ought to occupy an important place in development discussions. As a nation, therefore, we need not ignore this opportunity of using our mother tongues to raise the science and technological status of our dear country. If we continue to neglect the mother tongues, we might be doing so at our own peril. Erodichukwu Barth Anulunkor is a writer and culture-enthusiast based in Abuja.


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ARTISTE UNCENSORED Homecoming has become a regular occurrence for Nigerians in the Diaspora in recent times. But for Ayo Odia the decision to return last year was rather chance than choice.

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ince his return home briefly last year, Ayo Odia has been playing in major gigs across the country. He was among the NAIJAZZ All stars band that performed at the Bayelsa International Jazz Festival 2013 and the NAIJAZZ Festival 2013 that had a session to honour the late Nelson Mandela. Earlier last year, Ayo Odia showcased at the Jazz hole and was recently again featured at an explosive Inspiro Production and Jazz hole collaborative showcase that kicked off the New Year at the same venue. Music means different things to different people but for the cool saxophonist, it is simply magic. It transcends the popularity of the song or the artiste, or the glamour; it is simply that indescribable feeling that lifts the spirit to an elevated rush of nostalgia and adrenalin. Odia is on a voyage to show the world the beauty and magic of life through his Saxophone. The Edo State-born musician fell in love with music as a teenager while studying in England. He had grown up listening to different genres of music but the likes of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, John Coltrane and Jimi Hendrix influenced his music career. His is a juxtaposition of electronic music, Afrobeat, highlife, giving it a refreshing appeal to its listeners. Having grown under the tutelage of a father who is a tremendous supporter of the arts, it is no wonder music is like a second skin to him, though he admits he is into philosophy as well. Odia had paraded the stage with different monikers trying to shy away from the spotlight while pushing his music to the forefront. However these alternating names held him back. “It lacked continuity and created confusion in the consciousness of my fans,” he said. Odia’s return to the Nigerian music scene has a very interesting twist. He had been content playing in London in

MIDWEEK JUMP

Femi Odugbemi one of the iREP directors

Odia (middle) and The Young African Pioneers performing at the Jazzhole Showcase

We need middle class musicians –Ayo Odia

Odia performing with the NAIJAZZ Allstars band at the Bayelsa International Jazz Festival 2013

different scenes with famous musicians but suddenly, he noticed all his pals were boarding the next flight to Nigeria, urging him to return as well since Nigeria is now the next big thing. Curiously, he found his way back to his home country, but was he disappointed? “I am sorry to say, I am yet to see what is really happening. I know there is a lot of money to be made in this country but

I think more importantly, that it needs a kick of the behind culturally and artistically. There is a lot going on but it is not being rewarded. There are a lot of creative people, a lot of artistes that are not being rewarded,” he said He blames it on the attitude of the people towards musicians, their inability to see the beauty and simplicity of traditional music instead of importing

iREP still accepting entries till Februry 28 The 2014 iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival, iREP billed to hold between March 20 and 23 at the Freedom Park, Lagos, Nigeria is still accepting entries till the day after tomorrow. The theme for this fourth edition of the festival is: “The Rhythms of Identity” and the submission criteria states that films must reflect the African story or experience,

while films not shot in standard English language must be subtitled in English. There is no age limit for filmmakers, which Copyright of films must belong to. Entries, which should be accompanied with synopsis of film, duration, and the filmmaker’s profile, can be submitted in mini DV, DVD and Blu-ray disc format on or before February 28. Those interested can find more details

at the festival’s website. The generic thematic thrust of the annual iREP is “Africa in Self-Conversation”. An annual touring film festival it was established by three Nigerian culture figures to promote independent documentary films and global awareness about the role of documentary films in deepening participatory democracy. Some of its other objectives include: create platform

Odia performing the the NAIJAZZ festival 2013

foreign music. To this, he proffered a very amusing but interesting solution. “We need to have an industry that is viable whereby you can have what is called middle-class musicians, you do not have to be stinky rich; you have your house, you can pay your rent, get a car, you can feed yourself, you do not have to be a multi-millionaire, you do not have to own 20 cars, have a big house, and so forth. With musicians now, it is either you are a millionaire or you are a pauper. We need middle class musicians, creative people that can survive, they can live and they can do their art, have an audience of people who love what they do,” he stated. Perhaps the most unforgettable memory Odia holds dear was his meeting with the late Afrobeat King in 1988. A previous scheduled meeting by a cousin did not really turn out that well. However, he got a chance to meet Fela at a Nelson Mandela gig at Jazz 38 where he played with Tunde Kuboye. This lifetime meeting spiralled other opportunities for the young lad as he became one of the protégé of the Abami Eda.


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First NOIP Fest gets support from stakeholders

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he first edition of the Niyi Osundare International Poetry Festival, NOIP Fest to take place in March is already getting a lot of support. A statement released by Dele Morakinyo for the organisers said the festival scheduled for March 10 to 13 has been endorsed by Tade Ipadeola, winner of the 2013 Nigeria LNG Prize in Literature, who is also president, PEN in Nigeria. “The success of the historic event scheduled for Ikere-Ekiti, hometown of Professor Niyi Osundare is being boosted by such commitment coming from eminent indigenes of the Ikere community at home and in the Diaspora,” the statement further explained. Leading publishing house, Evans Nigeria, one of the publishers of the literary icon, has also expressed its support and commitment to the event which promises to be a huge literary feast and cultural tourism event being put together to honour this ambassador of Nigeria’s literary excellence and world renowned poet. NOIP Fest promises to fea-

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Reason behind Presidential Tourism Summit J OEL AJAYI ABUJA

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ture traditional and contemporary poetry, drama, dance and music, which go along with academic discourse of the works of Professor Niyi Osundare. His works have won for him virtually all the prizes available in poetry, and also respect across the literary world. Also being expected in support from state governors, especially in the south west states, universities, especially the writer’s alma mater University of Ibadan, and the Alumni Association of Amoye Grammar School, Ikere-Ekiti and Christ’s School, Ado-Ekiti both which he is prominent alumnus.

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ederal Government has said that its planned Presidential Summit in the tourism sector was to create awareness and agree on implementable policy framework that would make it possible for the country to harness the potentials that abound in the tourism sector. The Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke, gave the explanation during a press conference on the forthcoming National Discourse on Tourism in June. Duke explained that various challenges ranging from review of laws and regulatory frameworks guiding tourism in the country, multiple taxation, security challenges as well as the establishment of tourist site account to gather information that would be used in the economic planning would

form the basis of the discussion. He said: “There are a lot of challenges and we have looked at the prospects of an urgent review of laws and regulatory frameworks. We have looked on how we can work with United Nations Tourism Organisation and World Travel Organization Council to implement the critical element of national tourism Master Plan, as well as re-engineering the Nigeria tourism Development Corporation. We will be looking at the strategy of upgrading our institute of hospitality to become the one stop regulatory body in this sector. We have started with the idea of establishing Tourist site account to be powered by the private sector; it is the platform that will help us in collating data which will help in economic planning policy development, and appraising the contribution of tourism to the national economy. A number of people have spo-

ken about security challenges of tourism, and it’s our hope that we will be able to look at the some of the suggestions of possible tourism police force. I believe that with partnership of the Stock Exchange, indeed the private sector, there might be need for the establishment of tourism business support group comprises of network stakeholders, and captain of industries which will help to earn credibility, integrity and esteem for this particular sector.” The Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Oscar Onyeama believed that the summit would “set the tone for a higher level of interest and investment in the sector than ever witnessed before now.” The NSE Boss appealed to “other private sector bodies to consider partnering with the government in various areas of our national economy, as government alone cannot develop the economy.

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he 35th Durban International Film Festival, DIFF has announced the opening of applications for the seventh Talents Durban taking place from July 18 to 22. Hosted by the Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal, with support from Berlinale Talents, applicants can apply online at www.durbanfilmfest. co.za before the closing date of March 31. The organisers said this year’s theme: “Continent of Contrast/ de Contrastes” is an ode to the godfather of African cinema, Djibril Diop Mambéty’s, first film **Contras’city (City of Contrast)**. “Celebrating the 45th anniversary of the film, the seventh Talents Durban looks to bring filmmakers from across the continent draw inspiration from Africa’s long tradition of storytelling. Breaking away from the stereotypical and homogenous narrative Africa, this year’s edition of Talents Durban aims to highlight the truth that this continent is home to a myriad of cultures, colours, stories. The seventh Talents Durban looks to not only highlight the stories of Africa, but create a culture of Africans telling their own stories,” the statement from DIFF explained. Talent’s Durban provides the selected participants with

a unique opportunity to meet with international industry professionals, experts and mentors in various aspects of the filmmaking business through participation in a five-day programme of master classes, workshops and industry networking events. Running parallel to the DIFF programme, the organisers said, this year’s Talents Durban will offer three handson training programmes: Doc Station which will focus on documentary-making, Talent Press which is dedicated to film criticism and Script Station which will supports story development. Applications for the seventh Talents Durban are completed through an online application process and applicants must meet the criteria found on the website, which also has application forms and full regulations. The application deadline is March 31 and applications and materials which arrive after March 31 will not be considered. Incomplete applications will not be considered as well. Successful applicants will be informed via email and the website by April 21. Talents Durban is presented in partnership with Berlinale Talents, with support from the German Embassy of South Africa, the Goethe-Institute of South Africa, and the KwaZuluNatal Department of Economic Development and Tourism.

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agos State Records and Archives Bureau (LASRAB) has carried out records survey and accessioning of Badagry Local Government to determine historical records of enduring value for preservation and use of future generations. The survey was undertaken by archivists of the Bureau led by Mr. Bolaji Uthman, the Director General of LASRAB. The exercise was conducted round the entire Local Government which includes the Local Government Headquarters, Ajara Badagry and other parts of the Local Governments which include Ajido, Ere, Wawu

and boundary town of Ikoga that is the boundary between Lagos and Ogun State. The team surveyed the important documents of the Local Government Secretariat particularly documents on chieftaincy matters and financial records that has enduring values, before paying a courtesy call to the Executive Chairman of Badagry Local Government, Hon. Husitode Moses Dosu by the team to brief him on their mission and intimate him on the importance of records and archives to the development of society. The team visited the palaces of the Akran of Badagry, Wawu, Jengen, Mobee and the Barakun of Seriki Williams Abass which is the relics of the

slave trade in Badagry town. Also visited were the Badagry divisional library, Customary Court, High Court and Whispering Palms and the Baale of Ajara Chief Jacob Gbadebo was not left out being the headquarters of the Local Government. Chief Gbadebo gave a deep insight into the history of Ajara Community from the ancient period till date as well as the various developmental changes that has taken place and the challenges being faced. The Aquatic Jungle which is another important tourist site in Badagry was also visited. The essential feature of the jungle is the abandoned airplane on the site which is used to educate the children about the component and importance of airplanes.


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It’s not about pressure on me. It’s about the expectation of our people on the entire team – Brazil Coach, Luis Filipe Scolari

Uzoenyi set for SA challenge

igeria coach, Stephen Keshi, has ruled out injured striker, Bright Dike, and resurgent Villarreal attacker, Ikechukwu Uche, from the World Cup in June. Toronto FC striker Dike injured his Achilles tendon in training and last week successfully underwent surgery. “It was a very sad news,” stated Keshi, who is back to the United States of America after a week of seminar in Brazil with FIFA ahead of the World Cup. “He is a great kid and it’s sad he sustained the injury which will keep him out of the World Cup proper not just the Mexico friendly.” Nigeria take on Mexico next Wednesday in Atlanta, Georgia, in a friendly as part of their build-up for the World Cup in June. Keshi has also closed the door on striker Ikechukwu Uche for the World Cup, saying the Spain-based player lacks tactical discipline. Uche has been one of Nigeria’s reliable goal scorers and has scored 12 goals this season for Villarreal.

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On Monday night, he returned to action after being sidelined by injury for two weeks. He last featured for Nigeria in the final of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations against Burkina Faso. “Ikechukwu Uche is not a player I have not seen play. Ike Uche problem is not knowing how to play football. His problem is that he wants to dictate how we play in Super Eagles; he wants to tell us the system we’re playing is not good,” Keshi told MTNFootball.com. Keshi added, “Uche has a very bad habit, that if you put him in the game he is not playing to instructions and he did that in the final of AFCON against Burkina Faso, he almost cost us. Again he did that against Zambia, in the second match when (Efe)Ambrose was given a red card. What we told him to do, he was doing the opposite.” “And if you don’t respect your team mates and you don’t respect the team, then there is no point. I know he cannot do that in his club, then why do it in the national team? I don’t think I need a player like that in the team.”

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ultiChoice, sponsor of the Nigeria DStv Men’s Basketball League, has charged the organisers to do more on crowd control as the 2013/14 season gets set to dunk off. Mr. Martin Mabutho, Head of Marketing & Sales at MultiChoice, said at a press conference yesterday, in Lagos, to herald the new season, that the behaviour of spectators at DStv Basketball League games last season worried his company. “We want to see the NBBF do more on managing spectators during games. The behaviour

of the crowds has been our biggest concern,” Mabutho pleaded. MultiChoice had last year renewed its partnership with the NBBF by signing a four-year deal worth $1.45million (about N250million) to sponsor the DStv League. The new deal enters the second season on Friday with the ceremonial Jump Ball game between Oluyole Warriors of Ibadan and Police Machine of Lagos at the refurbished Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos, with the 2013/14 League dunking off proper on March 7 in both the Atlantic and Savannah Conferences. Already, the sponsor

has released N58million to the NBBF to run the league this season. “We’re on the way to achieving all the objectives we set out for ourselves in basketball in Nigeria,” Mabutho added. At the same occasion, president of the NBBF, Tijani Umar, assured that insurance cover for players in the DStv League would take off fully next year. “Teams must produce licenses of the players before matches begin, while improper dressing by the players and officials and use of mobile phones during games will be penalized,” the NBBF boss warned.


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chalke 04 striker, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, is hoping to finally have a chance to show Real Madrid what he Spanish club has missed by letting him go. The Dutchman has scored 51 goals in 89 league appearances for the German side. “I worked very hard to return as soon as possible and now I am back, playing, helping the team and scoring goals,” the 30-year-old said. Madrid bought Huntelaar from Ajax for 27 million in January 2009 and he scored a respectable eight goals in 20 appearances, yet it failed to impress one of the world’s most demanding clubs. Just eight months later, he was sold to AC Milan for 15 million after Florentino Perez returned as Madrid president and cleared out the Dutch contingent, which also included Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder. Huntelaar ended up spending a season at AC Milan, where he scored seven goals in 30 appearances, before joining Schalke in 2010.

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alatasaray striker, Didier Drogba, has warned Jose Mourinho to expect a taste of defeat as the Turkish club hosts Chelsea today in Istanbul, although the forward admits the club will “always have a special place” in his heart. Drogba will attack Chelsea for the first time since leaving Stamford Bridge following the club’s triumph in Europe’s premier club competition in 2012. “After the draw Jose texted me to say, ‘it’s your moment, enjoy it’,” Drogba revealed yesterday. “People know how much I love the club and the fans. I will still be happy

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to score because I also want to qualify for the next round. But you have to show respect. “I can’t forget what I’ve done there and all the memories of the club.” Drogba, who turns 36 next month, feels he has a lot to offer and could prove a major threat in Istanbul. “It’s impossible to stop time but it’s possible, with your intelligence on the pitch and your experience, to play at a high level even for two or three more years. “It’s not only about your physique, it’s also about the confidence the manager gives you. When you have the confidence of the manager, believe me, you can do great things.”

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rsenal is reported not to be givin up in the chase for out-of-favour Real Madrid goalkeeper, Iker Casillas. The experienced safe hands remain frozen out of La Liga action under Coach Carlo Ancelotti and is prepared to move on in the summer if things do not change between now and then. Arsenal is among European heavyweights to be in contact with Casillas’ representatives amidst reports that he favours the Gunners. The Spain number one would however adopt a wait-and-see game, even with no assurances from Ancelotti that he will change his keeper policy in the coming weeks. Casillas


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C Milan midfielder, Michael Essien, says he wants no preferential treatment when it comes to being selected for Ghana’s 2014 World Cup squad. The Black Stars international missed out on the 2010 World Cup in South Africa due to injury and has since been fighting his way back into the national team. Essien has only started to enjoy regular game time since his transfer to the San Siro in January, joining from Chelsea on a

free transfer. The 31-year-old had fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, but is still deemed as a favourite to make the trip to Brazil next June purely based on his experience. “I expect to be treated like any other player by the coach,” he said. “The coach will ultimately decide who is selected to go to the World Cup and my job is to train hard, play well and make myself available for selection.”

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espite reports to the contrary, a move to Chelsea could still be on the card for Inter Milan veteran defender Javier Zanetti. The 40 year-old is leaning towards hanging up his boots at the end of the season and is being offered a coaching role by Jose Mourinho at Chelsea. Fresh reports, however, said Zanetti is due for talks with Inter owner Erick Thohir this week to define his future. Should the Argentine choose to retire, Thohir would like him to stay on as a coach, but it is understood Zanetti favours moving to London to kickoff that stage of his career.

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anchester United legend, David Beckham, says he is ready to battle Manchester City for Barcelona midfielder Xavi. According to Beckham, wants Xavi to play for his new Miami-based MLS franchise. However, City is also keen on the Spain international for its New York City

House will interact with celebrities in the entertainment and football industry when the matches are on in real time,” she added. Fans of English Premier League clubs in the House will be hoping for misfortune to Chelsea when the Blues take on Galatasaray in Istanbul, as a slip for the Jose Mourinho-coached side will extend the poor first leg results recorded by Arsenal and Manchester City against Bayern Munich and Barcelona respectively. Heineken recently extended its sponsorship with UEFA for another three years until 2018 and will bring the priceless dog-eared trophy to Lagos next month to be viewed by millions of Nigerians.

Awo Memorial: Foundation floats U-10 Kids Cup AFOLABI GAMBARI Zanetti

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he State-of-the-art Heineken House Ikoyi, Lagos will be formally opened today as the second round matches of the UEFA Champions League continues across prominent stadiums in Europe. Marketing Director Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr. Walter Drenth, will declare the new edifice open, according to a statement by the sponsor in Lagos yesterday. National Mirror learnt that managers of the Heineken House have concluded arrangements to give visitors to the place a world-class viewing experience. The House boats Football Arena Room complete with real stadium seats, Heineken and UEFA Champions League museum atrium, as well as fans’ entertainment corner. The new building will host fans and consumers to the remaining 41 matches of the second round, all through to the final match at the Stadium of Light in Lisbon, Portugal on May 24. “All the facilities in the house have been upgraded to give every guest a world class experience with a series of activities lined up for different nights up till the final match,” Senior Brand Manager, Heineken, Jacqueline Van Faassen, explained. “Those who are opportune to be in the

FC team. Early overtures have been made and so far Xavi is receptive to the idea if he feels his body is still fit enough to continue. Miami is heavily populated by Spanish-speaking residents and Xavi would be a huge commercial draw as Beckham looks to get the city behind his new club.

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he Obafemi Awolowo Foundation has introduced a sporting dimension to the annual celebration of the late sage with a maiden U-10 Kids Cup starting at the Campos Stadium on Lagos Island on March 2. Organiser, National Youth Soccer Association, said in Lagos yesterday the competition which targeted primary school pupils would see 16 teams begin with the preliminary rounds that would culminate in the final on March 6 which incidentally is the 105th post-humous birthday of the late Awolowo in 1987 and the age of 78. Executive Director of the Foundation, Dr. (Mrs.) Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosumu, said sponsorship of the kids’ competition was in line with the ideals of the late elder statesman on youth development after he built the Liberty Stadium, Ibadan in 1956 to enable the youths engage in what he called constructive sporting activity. “We believe that this competition is a worthwhile testament and befitting tribute to Chief Awolowo,” the director remarked. According to her, winners of the tournament will receive N250, 000 while first and second runners-up get N150, 000 and

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N100, 000 respectively as the fourth placed team would get N50, 000. “While we look forward to increasing the prize money in the future, we also plan to consider awarding scholarships to kids who excel with a view to solidifying their educational future,” she added. Among the dignitaries at the trophy presentation were rights activist, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, members of the foundation and officials of the NYSA.


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he Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) is organizing a one-week pilot league next month for players across the country to test run its facilities ahead of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF)sanctioned Lagos World Tour. According to the prospectus released by the federation, eligibility of players will be possible for the competition that serves off in Lagos on March 7 after the clubs must have registered or affiliated to the state associations of the federation. “Only players registered by clubs, which are affiliated to their state association and or NTTF, are eligible to participate,” a statement said yesterday. The league will be played for six days with champion for each week shall earn 20 points; the runner-up will get 15 points, while semifinalists will amass 12 points.

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eports indicated yesterday that petit Super Eagles winger, Ejike Uzoenyi, is set to shine in South African league when he finally joins Mamelodi Sundowns in June. The 2014 CHAN MVP has signed a four-year contract with Sundowns and everything points to the player becoming the next Nigeria star to make head-

lines soon. Goalkeepers Willy Okpara and Greg Etafia as well as Onyekachi Okonkwo have represented Nigeria well in the league in past years. Okpara helped Pirates win their first and only African Champions Cup in 1995, in addition to numerous local trophies. South Africa-based agent, Mohammed Lawal,

told MTNFootball.com Uzoenyi would also attract the richest leagues in the world. “He has everything going for him to become the next big star from Nigeria,” Mohammed Lawal said. “The good thing about him is that already the fans know he is a great player and he can only add value to a big club like

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in number was due to awareness for the competition. “We are happy about the number of players who registered this year,” Kienka said. According to him, the objective of the competition remains to ensure that young talents are discovered early and nurtured to limelight. “The competition is to establish a strong transition platform for the junior category and tennis development.

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hooting Stars of Ibadan and returning Stationery Stores of Lagos will today rekindle their agelong rivalry when the two former elite clubs clash in one of the mid-week matches in the on-going Nigeria National League. Also, high-flying Ni-

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All the quarterfinalists will win eight points, while players that make it to the last 16 will earn five points. After six days of matches, the cumulative points of players in each team will be calculated, while the club whose team has the highest cumulative points will be the eventual winner. About 40 players will be drawn into eight groups with the best two in each progressing to the top group. Winner in each week will get N30, 000 while the total prize money is N890, 000.

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Tennis: 162 players for CBN Juniors

he 8th Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Junior Tennis championships commenced yesterday at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club with about 162 players participating. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the number surpassed that of last year’s edition in which 150 players featured in the competition strictly for players aged between 10 and 18. Coordinator, Godwin Kienka, said at the opening ceremony that the increase

Sundowns.” The former Rennes of France left winger is strong, smart armed with superb crosses and passes. Former Eagles striker, Raphael Chukwu Ndukwe, became a household name in South Africa in the 90s when he also featured for Sundowns, crowning his stay with the South Africa Footballer of the Year for the 1997/1998 season.

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ger Tornadoes will ambush visiting Adamawa United in Minna in what looks like a consolidation match after back to back victories to lead the pack in Division A even as Jigawa who will have to pay series of fines because of crowd trouble is set to battle formidable Plateau United at home. Jigawa will have to win this one if they want to survive the season. But all eyes will be at the Adamasingba Stadium, Ibadan where old enemies Shooting Stars are set to trade tackles with Stores popularly called Flaming Flamingoes or Super Stores by its followers especially Lagosians who will come in large numbers to support their team against a determined home side. Another thriller is expected in Jos where Mighty Jets will host Ranchers Bees of Kaduna while Gateway FC travels to Omoku to meet Go-Round FC.


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Business & Finance The groundnut value chain will produce an additional 120,000 metric tonnes of groundnut grains valued at N24bn ($155m) and supplied to small, medium and large scale processors.

The Abuja-Kaduna railway is very strategic to the country, a huge milestone in the development of inter-modal transport system in Nigeria.

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FG to revoke fish importers’ licence over abuse TOLA AKINMUTIMI ABUJA

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he Federal Government came hard on fish importers in the country over what it termed large scale abuses of the import regime and warned fraudulent importers of fish to desist or get their licences revoked. This is even as it unveiled plans to work with various agencies involved in Nigerian marine water management or control with a view to creating operational mechanisms needed to stem the tide of unbridled importation of fish into the country and promote the domestic fisheries sector. Giving the warning to illegal fish importers, who he accused of collaborating with some saboteurs to undermine ongoing efforts to boost the country’s food production capacity, at the at the 2nd Stakeholders Interactive Session on Re-Positioning the Fisheries Sector in Abuja, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, said government would do everything reasonable to protect local fish farmers and the health of Nigerians by sanctioning and prosecuting illegal fish importers. Describing the fisheries sector

as key to national food security with its contribution of about 4 per cent of the GDP, the Minister said government’s four-year target was to increase the production of fish fingerlings by 1.25 billion per year, the production of fish feed by 400,000 metric tons per year; and increase table size fish production by an additional 250,000 metric tons per year Adesina, who disclosed that

the total demand for fish in the country stood at 2.7 million MT out of which about 800,000 MT is produced locally, said it was no longer economically reasonable for Nigeria to continue to spend an estimated N125.38 billion yearly on fish import and hence the ongoing intervention to create enabling environment for massive production of fish species by local farmers.

While reiterating that the Federal Government has not at any time fully banned fish import, the Minister however lamented that the issue of licensing for fish imports was bedeviled with corruption, as importers corrupt public officials to give licenses away above their available cold room warehouse capacities thereby undermining the purpose of the licensing regime.

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Former Executive Secretary, Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), Mr Reginald Stanley (right), handing over to his successor, Mr Farouk Hamed in Abuja yesterday.

Naira devaluation seen on Central Bank upheaval igeria’s currency is at risk of being devalued after President Goodluck Jonathan suspended the central bank governor last week, eroding confidence in monetary policy and sending the naira to a record low. The naira, which rose for the

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first time in six days on Monday, posted its biggest five-day drop in eight months last week. The yield on Nigeria’s July 2023 dollar bond had its steepest oneday jump on record after Lamido Sanusi’s removal on February 20. The security has lost 2.3 per cent this year, compared with a 0.6 per cent drop in the JPMorgan Chase and Company index of African sovereign debt. While the acting governor pledged continuity in policy on February 21, saying there were no

plans to devalue the currency, the central bank will have to fight to keep the naira within its targeted range of three per cent above or below 155 at twice-weekly foreignexchange auctions. The peg may be shifted to N170 per dollar, boosting inflationary pressures, according to Yvonne Mhango at Renaissance Capital. “The market seems to be anticipating a devaluation,” Mhango, a sub-Saharan Africa economist at RenCap, said in a February 21 phone interview from Johan-

nesburg. “Given the loss of confidence and sentiment turning against Nigeria, I think they’re going to struggle to keep the naira at present levels.” The suspension of Sanusi, 52, followed the governor’s calls for an investigation in December into billions of dollars in missing oil revenue. Sanusi, who was due to leave office at the end of his term in June, oversaw a drive for stability in economy. Sarah Alade, his deputy, was named acting governor.

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he Federal Government has said it will heavily descend on International Oil Companies, IOCs, whose ships fail to comply with the vessel categorisation policy, which is designed to checkmate the domination of foreigners both in the deep sea, coastal and inland shipping business in the country. The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board NCMDB, Nigeria’s apex organ for the enforcement of the Nigerian Content Act, 2010, which seeks to enhance indigenous participation in the oil and gas sector in the country, had introduced the categorisation of vessels engaged in the lifting of products both in the deep and coastal and inland shipping regions.

Executive Secretary of the board, Mr. Ernest Nwapa, who spoke in Lagos recently at the official presentation of the new guidelines on waiver administration under the the Coastal and Inland Shipping Cabotage Act, 2003, hinted that the decision of the agency to come up with the method was to enhance the participation of indigenous operators both in the oil and gas sector and the shipping industry in the country. “From the statistics at our disposal, more foreign vessels are engaged in the coastal and inland shipping arena, which ordinarily should be the exclusive preserve of the Nigerian ship owners and so this vessel categorisation policy is expected to address that by adding value to the indigenous operators”, Nwapa had said. He hinted that the agency has written to all the IOCs operating in the country to ensure that they

comply with this categorisation scheme or face serious consequences. “We have told all the IOCs to do all what they can to comply with the vessel categorisation because any vessel that is not captured on the list will be blacklisted”, he further warned. The Executive Secretary, who was represented by the Manager, Project and Operations, Mr. David Adeyeye, said that the primary aim of the scheme is for value addition for the indigenous operators, arguing that oil and gas business cannot be complete without engaging ships. It was however gathered that the vessel categorisation scheme, which is based on the type and capacity of the vessels to be categorised is aimed at curbing the recycling of the same types of vessels both in the international shipping and the coastal and inland region

L-R: Head of Sales, Nokia Nigeria and Ghana, Mr. Joseph Umunakwe; Senior Manager, Product Marketing, Nokia West and Central Africa, Mr. Olumide Balogun, and Head of Sales, Nokia West and Central Africa, Mr. Chris Brown, displaying the newly introduced Nokia X range of smartphones at the 2014 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

50% of cashew produce lost annually, say NCAN MESHACK IDEHEN

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ational Publicity Secretary, National Cashew Association of Nigeria, NCAN, Mr. Sotonye Anga has said Nigeria, produces an average of 1.8 million tonnes of cashew apple yearly. He said of the amount produced that about 50 per cent of it is lost, due to the country’s deficiency and inability to adequately process the products. Anga told journalists yesterday that over 900 metric tonnes of cashew apple are wasted annually, noting the development is now amounting to huge annual economic loss to the nation. He explained that cashew apple deteriorated within three days resulting in wastage of the fruits in farms and on the streets. Anga said the development is not only a huge economic waste, as the loss

of over 900 metric tonnes of cashew apple can best be imagined. According to him, NCAN is calling on the Federal Government to support cashew stakeholders in the area of processing infrastructure so as to aid exportation and curb post-harvest losses. “When you harvest your cashew apple today, if you do not consume it today or tomorrow, by the next day it deteriorates and is wasted, which translates to huge economic loss. So, this can be curbed and curbing it simply means that you transform the cashew apple into cashew apple juice. Anga explained the issue is now a matter of urgency, pointing out the government needs to support the cashew sector strongly, in order to put an end to the waste and loss, saying the support NCAN seeks from the government is in terms of enabling the sector to migrate from just exporting

raw cashew into building processing capacity. He explained with the government’s help and support, that NCAN will now be able to process cashew nuts into cashew kernel that will be eaten locally, adding it can be exported because the market for processed cashew kernel is global. “We have a population of about 167 million people, meaning a huge market base to consume what we process. If we want to go into serious cashew value addition, you have to invest in creating the infrastructure; you have to acquire the technology,” he added. According to him, cashew processing required a huge investment of between N200m and N400m, adding it was because of this, that stakeholders like NCAN is seeking windows for long term financing and access to loan with single digit interest rate.

by these IOCs. The NCDMB-boss expressed optimism that if properly handled and adhered to, the categorisation policy will achieve the desired objective of enhancing the engagement of indigenously owned vessels in the coastal trade in the country. The Federal Government had

in the draft guidelines, released by the Minister o Transport, Mallam Idris Umar introduced stringent requirements on the granting of waiver under the Cabotage policy. The new guideline, which is expected to be forwarded to the National Assembly after the stakeholders’ input will form part of the amendments of the Act.

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he out-going Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, PPPRA, Mr Reginald Stanley, yesterday said the agency attracted investments worth over N70bn to the Nigerian economy in the past two years. Stanley made the announcement in Abuja at a ceremony to hand over to the new PPPRA Executive Secretary, Mr Farouk Ahmed. “In the past 24 months, over N70bn has been invested in the downstream. “Many depots and jetties have been built by private initiatives, thereby generating thousands of jobs in the Nigerian economy,” he stated. Stanley said that the performance by the PPPRA demonstrated that President Goodluck Jonathan’s Transformation Agenda was working and had successfully worked in the PPPRA. The out-going PPPRA chief thanked Jonathan and the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, for giving him an opportunity to

serve. Stanley also thanked labour unions in the downstream for the industrial harmony recorded during his tenure. He said that his efforts at the PPPRA had paid off in the stability witnessed in the downstream in recent years. “One of the most remarkable achievements of my time was the stability of supply, which was driven by the issuance of laycans to marketers. “During this period queues became a thing of the past. Nigerians no longer kept vigil at filling stations in their bid to purchase fuel. “Today, the downstream has been completely sanitised. “PPPRA’s processes and procedures are all aligned to global best practices. This has engendered confidence, transparency and accountability.” he stated. Stanley said that the PPPRA under his watch was able to reduce daily fuel consumption from 60.25 million litres per day in 2011 to 39.79 million litres per day in 2012.

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he President, Aviation Round Table, ART, Capt. Dele Ore has condemned the sponsorship of some aviation professionals in the sector to replace the ousted Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah. Ore alleged that some names being peddled around by some stakeholders and professionals in the sector are being sponsored too cover the tracks of Oduah, saying they are the same set of people were those who ill-advised Oduah as a minister in the sector. Ore, in an open letter to President Goodluck Jonathan made available to our correspondent yesterday insisted that the documents being brandished as the industry position were fraudulently being used for this ulterior motive and distanced himself from the agitation. He explained that at no time

during the clamouring for the appointment of aviation professional as a minister in the sector were names being suggested by the professionals, stressing that the names being peddled around did not deserve the exalted position. The letter added, “The same so called professionals that are now agitating to be considered to replace Princess Stella are those that misadvised her and are being sponsored for the “BIG COVERUP” that needs urgent probes, reorganisation of the ministry and some agencies under the ministry of aviation. “It will be recalled that my good self as President of Aviation Round Table with our Secretary General, Mr. Sam Owolabi Akerele at very short notice honoured an invitation to be at an urgent meeting initiated by Capt. Noggie Meggison on Saturday 8th Feb 2014 to discuss the industry need for a professional to be appointed as minister of aviation.


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onsumers of telecommunications services have been urged to assert their rights whenever their rights are infringed upon by the telecom service providers. President of Consumer Awareness Organisation, CAO, a non-governmental organisation, based in Enugu, Prof. Felicia Monye made the call in Enugu during a press briefing to alert the public on efforts they have made to ensure that consumers

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Group sensitises consumers to telecom rights are not short changed by telecoms. Monye said that consumers have right to seek redress should their rights been infringed upon. “Our mission is to empower consumers with the knowledge to protect their interest and to seek redress in matters relating to products and services.” The CAO leader explained that the press briefing was part of the project they embarked

upon aimed at strengthening consumer protection in three West African countries for social and economic justice. According to her, the project is being conducted in three West African countries like Ghana, Senagal and Nigeria, noting that the project is done jointly with the collaboration of Consumers International, CI, Office for Africa, Pretoria, South Africa. Monye pointed out that CAO has carried out research find-

ings with respect to telecommunications services and discovered that there were laws protecting consumers of telecommunications services, obligations of service providers and consumer, rights of consumers among other things which if followed religiously, consumers’ rights would be protected and optimum services rendered to them. She also pointed out that the rights of consumers of telecom-

munications services can be gathered from the provisions of the Nigerian Communications Act, the Consumer Code of Practice Regulations 2007 and the Quality of Service Regulation 2012 amongst others. She admonished that if any consumer lacked knowledge on how to assert his right should approach their organisation, CAO or any of the regulatory agencies like Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, for redress.

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L-R: Former President, Lagos Polo Club, Sanni Dangote; Manager, Events and Sponsorship, MTN, Okundola Bamgboye and Hassan Fayad, during the prize presentation ceremony of the first stage of the MTN co-sponsored 2014 Lagos International Polo Tournament in Lagos recently. PHOTO: YINKA ADEPARUSI

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anaging Director of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC, Mr. Adeseyi Sijuwade, yesterday assured the company’s pensioners improved welfare packages. This is contained in a statement issued by the Assistant Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Railways Workers, Mr. Timothy Esan. Sijuwade gave the assurance while addressing the pensioners in Lagos, during a weeklong nationwide verification of pensioners which started on Monday. “The welfare and well being of our pensioners will receive a boost through enhanced pension rates as all the recommendations made by the Ministerial Committee on Pension Rate Increase are receiving attention. “And very soon, monthly pensions of our pensioners will be scaled up. “Having worked for the corporation for many eventful years of your life and now that you are senior citizens, you deserve nothing less than a retired life of bliss and plenty. 2As you come out to participate in the 2014 verification exercise, I share in your joy of having another opportunity in the land of the living to visit

your former place of work. “I am sure that some great and nostalgic thoughts of yester-years will be running through your hearts as you come into the warmth and beauty of a new Nigerian Railway. “I must thank you for serving the corporation so dutifully well to the end and for sustaining it for my generation to meet to work in.’’ The statement said that the management and the workers were determined to do their best and to leave a better railway for the generation coming behind. It added that the Federal Government had been supportive with constant provision of funds with which the payment of pension benefits to the pensioners had been sustained. The statement added that the General Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, NUP, Mr Rafiu Balogun, said the pensioners shared the view of the railway management on the verification. “This exercise will go a long way to justify and sustain our persistent claim that there are no ghost pensioners in the NRC. “It is the tradition of the pensioners’ union to collaborate with the management in lobby-

ing for funds to offset genuine clams and entitlements of the pensioners. “We cannot afford to allow such money to go into wrong hands. “Our union is proud to be associated with a management that does not tamper with or mismanage pension funds,” it said.

he Kaduna State Government said it will today sign a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with Trans Atlantic Integrated Development Limited for the construction of 3,000 units of houses under its Public Private Partnership, PPP, on Mass Housing Scheme. Speaking when the management of the company paid a courtesy call on him on yesterday, Governor Mukhtar Yero said his administration is committed to bridging the housing deficit in the state by taking advantage of the mortgage system to be provided through partnership with private developers. He said “Our administration attaches great importance to housing development in Kaduna State and government is concerned on finding ways to address the huge deficit in housing. The mortgage scheme will encourage personal ownership of houses through the refinancing policy of the company.”

Yero also attributed the widespread corruption in the country to desperate efforts by citizens to own personal houses saying “with this development, I believe people will no longer be under pressure to own their houses. Kaduna is fully ready for this partnership because there is should be a system that makes it easier for people to own houses.” Under the arrangement, the Trans Atlantic Integrated Development Limited is to construct 3,000 units of houses, while Kaduna State Government provides Certificate of Occupancy for 100 hectares of land to be used for the project. Also speaking at the event, Chairman of the Company, Mike Williams said the mortgage refinancing system will enable beneficiaries to pay for the houses with a period span of between 20 to 25 years. He said 90 per cent of materials for the project are to be sources locally. This according to him will boost the economy of Kaduna State by creating jobs for unemployed youths.

Diamond Bank trains MSMES on cash budgeting JOHNSON OKANLAWON

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s part of its efforts at increasing the capacity of Micro, Small and Medium-scale Enterprises, MSMEs, in running profitable businesses, Diamond Bank Plc has provided training in cash budgeting for entrepreneurs has through its Diamond BusinessXpress seminar initiative. The seminar, which held in Owerri, Imo State, marks the 40th edition of the Bank’s BusinessXpress Seminar, a monthly capacity building workshop aimed at building managerial capacity and institutionalized processes within the sector. The topics discussed at the session included: Failing to Plan, Finding and retaining Customers, Strategic Planning, What is Busi-

ness Really About? and ZeroOne. Mr. Stanley Akwara, Regional Manager, Owerri Region, Diamond Bank Plcwho was represented by Mr. Charles Oguibe, Business Manager, Waast Avenue branch said the bank believes that small business owners are partners with this sector and as good partners we look beyond just providing financial services to MSMEs to how we can create value for them. When we help MSMEs build their capacity, they will be able to run their organisations better, make profit and do more business with us. That way we can jointly impact society more effectively.” He said, “Diamond Bank has heavily invested in the MSME sector and we are among the few banks that support small businesses with loans. Till date, we have given out about N120bn to

60,000 customers and most of these loans were given without collateral. We are about the only bank doing this,” he added. Speaking on the impact of the BusinessXpress seminars, Adaeze Ume, Segment Head, Micro Enterprises and Business Development Services, Diamond Bank PLC, explained that capacity building has been a strong focus of the Bank in building value for MSMEs and that customer feedback has been commendable. According to Ume, “Different circumstances drive entrepreneurs to start-up their businesses. Some attend top institutions like the Lagos Business School while many others do not have such opportunity. The BusinessXpress seminars are designed to build managerial capacity and institutionalized processes within the MSME sector.”


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he National Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI, yesterday said it was collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Solid Minerals to develop a legal framework for the solid minerals sector. NEITI Executive Secretary, Zainab Ahmed said that the framework would facilitate the enactment of a law to guide operations in the sector. Ahmed said at the ongoing Kaduna International Trade Fair that the aim was to “improve governance and management of the sector’’. She said the legal framework was being developed ``on the basis of the findings and recommendations of the NEITI audit report in the solid minerals sector’’. “I wish to call on state govern-

ments to cooperate with NEITI with regards to the issues of subnational reporting and domestication of NEITI process and principles at work levels. “This is to establish the right investment climate required for attracting the much needed Foreign Direct Investment ,FDI, to the solid mineral sector so as to halt the current over-dependence and dominance of the oil and gas sector in the Nigerian economy`` Ahmed said. She also said that the mining sector needs to improve governance and prevents resource based conflicts. “NEITI process reveals lapses in governance and management of the sector. “The information and data generated by NEITI audit would enable the civil society, media, the

parliament and the general public to hold government and companies to account``. In his comment, Kaduna State Deputy Governor, Audu Bajoga appreciated the work of NEITI in enhancing transparency in governance. He called on the federal government to continue supporting the agency with the necessary political will to meet its objectives. The deputy governor urged NEITI to expand its work to all states and local governments in Nigeria. “The Kaduna State Government is open and ready to work with NEITI in areas of mutual interest. We shall appreciate a deliberate effort on the part of NEITI’s board and management to open up relationship with the state.”

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Pension Scheme: Only 5.9million Nigerians now registered with PFAs MESHACK IDEHEN

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he President of the Pension Fund Operators Association of Nigeria ,PenOp,, Mr. Misbahu Yola has said about 5.9 million workers in the country have so far been registered in the contributory pension scheme ,CPS, operated by the PFAs. Yola said also that workers, contributors and retirees with the scheme have no cause to worry, since the PFAs are always passionate and committed to helping the contributors to ensure that they have a happy retirement life. The PenOp President said in a statement yesterday that apart from the fact that contributions from depositors and contributors are safe, that the pension scheme also guarantees that contributors will continue to get money, even after they have stopped earning

salary, or left active service. According to Yola, “the contributory pension scheme system guarantees that the contributors is in constant liquidity as if they are still in active employment”. He explained that those who are in the contributory pension scheme through the PFAs are assured of regular payment of their retirement benefits, noting however it was important for those workers who are not yet in the scheme to embrace it, as it is not too late to yet key into the scheme. Advising employers with up to five workers to register their employees for the scheme because of the cash implication at retirement of their employees, Yola explained with over 5.9 million Nigerians registered in the contributory pension scheme, that the pension assets has raised to about N3.7 trillion.

Dangote slashes cement price at Kaduna fair

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L-R: Branch Manager Unity Bank, Mr Bioye Akanbi; Zonal Manager Ibadan/Akure, Mr Isaac Tajomavro; winner, Star Prize of a New Kia Saloon Car of Unity Banks Aim, Save and Win Promo/President Nigeria Immigration Oyo state Command Cooperative Investment and Credit Society; Mr Oladapo Rufus and Unity Bank Regional Manager, Ibadan, Mrs Adeboyin Oladokun, during the presentation in Ibadan yesterday.

Resourcery, EMC proffer data storage solution KUNLE A ZEEZ

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n Information Technology Company in West Africa, Resourcery, in partnership with EMC, a global leader in IT storage solutions has proffered business solutions for the storage needs of organizations across West Africa. This formed the crux of the one-day business session for IT managers’ tagged “Affordable Unified Storage System for Virtual Applications” which held in Lagos recently. The event, which brought together IT managers from leading Nigerian businesses, provided a veritable opportunity for representatives of both organizations to enlighten their customers on how to effectively solve the prevailing I.T. business challenge of “flat budgets, increased com-

plexity and the acquisition of too many tools.” In his presentation, Mr Business Solution Manager, Computing and Storage, Resourcery, Mr. Amechi Okonkwo, noted that while some I.T solutions are focused only on managing specific domains, companies have multiple domains to manage and there is a growing need to manage it from a single point. This he said also serves as a way of protecting their infrastructures from disaster recovery and maintain business continuity. Amechi said, “Resourcery’s partnership with EMC provides our customers with a platform for the effective management of the complexity in virtual environments for our customers. It’s also a partnership that promises to aid the service delivery of storage administrators by reducing operational cost, increase intel-

ligence and ultimately increase administrators’ productivity.” Also speaking in a presentation, System Engineer Manager, Channel for EMC West Africa, Mr. Adeyemi Olusoji, noted that businesses across the globe are tapping into the shorter and simpler solution. The company’s intelligent analytics and automation ability clearly helps our customers reduce operational cost. He said; “Our storage solution provides businesses with highly efficient, large-scale enterprise data retention capacity as well as help them comply with regulatory mandates. It also reduces risks and provides a highly available data environment. Its over 80 percent storage utilization means less storage and less space can house the same amount of data at a reduced cost.”

angote Cement has slashed cement price in an ongoing promo at the Kaduna 35th International Trade Fair. Customers will have the opportunity of buying the discounted product at the company’s pavilion, Regional Sales Manager, Obasola Alo said. According to him the new promo liberalises the extant policy where customers who intend to buy directly at factory price could only do so if they are buying trucks of cement. ‘Two or more people can come together to buy 100 bags. We are partnering with Access Bank whose representatives are at the fair where customers can pay and get their product.’ he said. Director General of the Kaduna Chambers of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture, KADCCIMA, Usman Salau applauded the partnership with Dangote, saying the promo will without doubt bolster the fair and increase participation.

He said all arrangement which include security, electricity and water supply have been concluded. The Dangote Group is one the sponsors of the Trade Fair. At the opening ceremony, president of KADCIMMA hailed the partnership with private investors which include Dangote Group, saying this year’s fair promises to be a success. He said participating countries include Egypt, Ukraine, India, Ghana, Niger and Senegal among others. When contacted spokesman of Dangote Group Anthony Chiejina said this is a golden opportunity for retailers and end users to leverage on at the fair. Meanwhile the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Ambassador Nuhu Bajoga, who represented President Goodluck Jonathan commended the leading roles being played by the Dangote Group in the economic transformation efforts of the government.

Cassava growers in Kebbi get N22.6m loan

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igeria Cassava Growers Association, Kebbi chapter, yesterday said it had secured N22.6 million loan for its members in Zuru and Yauri emirates in the state. The Chairman of the association, Alhaji Hussaini Abdullahi, told the News Agency of Nigeria ,NAN, in Birnin Kebbi that each member would receive N150,000. “Arrangements have been concluded to disburse the loan to the beneficiaries,’’ he said. Abdullahi said the loan would boost commercial production of

the crop. He said N58.5 million had been disbursed to members of the association in Gwandu and Argungu emirates, adding that the beneficiaries were expected to settle the loan either in cash or with farm produce. Meanwhile, the state government has commenced the process of reviving the moribund cassava processing plant in Birnin Kebbi to enable it produce pellets, chips, industrial starch and flour for domestic and international markets.


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Stakeholders highlight risks in PIB passage delay The Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, has been stuck in the National Assembly since 2008 despite countless promises by legislators and other parties. that it will be passed soon UDEME AKPAN reports that it may not be passed into law this year as a result of many factors including lack of stakeholders’ commitment.

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robably, no other bill has ever attracted the promises of many stakeholders as Nigeria’s controversial Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB. In other words, many people have at various times promise to pass or assist in passing the PIB into law while it remained at the same spot. Take President Goodluck Jonathan as an example. The President, who made this known while commissioning the N5 billion Usan Deepwater oil facility in Rivers State stated, “I also would like to assure the industry that our administration is making concerted efforts with the legislature to ensure the speedy passage into law of the Petroleum Industry Bill. The PIB will enhance transparency, accountability and effective governance of the Nigerian petroleum industry for the benefit of all stakeholders.” The president has not been alone. The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Alison-Madueke made the same promise while delivering a memorial lecture at the Howard University in Washington D.C., United States of America in 2012. Hear her, “With the PIB, which is going through its final review, major reforms will come into the oil and gas sector, which has severally been accused of not being transparent. I think that over the years, there have been many filthy practices not only in the oil and gas sector, but also in many sectors. But there are also many reform initiatives that are digging deep and are beginning to take root. I think it takes a little time for them to become fully enshrined. “ The Senate President, Senator David Mark also stated, “National Assembly will pass the PIB bill into law as soon as Mr. President returns it to the House. Bill passing must go through a process. It must go through the process of first reading and second reading. There is no jumping of stages. Everybody’s views must be heard. This is why it must also be subjected to public hearing.” The Senate President stated, “We cannot rush a bill. If we do, we will be doing it the military way. We are coming from the

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background of ‘it takes immediate effect’ which over time, we have left behind us. And people still want us to act that way. We cannot pass bills with immediate effect in a democracy,” he said. The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream), Hon Ajibola Muraino assured that the House of Representatives will pass the PIB into law in 2013. Muraino, who spoke while the Committee was at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Abuja, for its oversight functions, the lawmakers are fine- tuning the bill in accordance with international best practice. He stated, “The Committee is putting finishing touch to the bill. We are trying to look at the other jurisdictions of the world so that we can come up with world class legislation. This one we will get it done particularly with the situation of things, “adding that the House will continue to look into

the activities of the NNPC. As these were not enough, the Chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum (downstream), Mr. Dakuku Peterside stated a few days ago that the PIB would soon be passed into law as it has already scaled through the first and second reading. These and other promises too numerous to recount have attracted the comments of stakeholders. For instance, a Public Affairs analyst, Mr. Zaka Bala stated in an interview that the nation does not need empty promises. He stated, “We do not need the promises but immediate passage of the PIB which has been on the drawing board since 2008. Bala stated, “Many parties have not demonstrated enough commitment to the passage of the PIB. Members of the parliament have to be committed. They should know that the delay of the PIB has affected the nation in many negative ways. For in-

MANY PARTIES HAVE NOT DEMONSTRATED ENOUGH COMMITMENT TO THE PASSAGE OF

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stance, many International Oil Companies, IOCs and even indigenous oil and gas companies have reduced their operations because of some uncertainties which the PIB is expected to clarify. Bala noted that many oil firms have gone to invest in other economies that are blessed with attractive legislations, policies and incentives. As he puts it, “The legislators and others should know that these companies have already investing huge monies to explore and produce crude oil and natural gas in other countries. Even in Africa, other emerging nations, especially in West Africa and East Africa have started to attract significant investments. He stated, “This means that we cannot afford to delay our PIB anymore if we intend to remain a major oil and gas destination in the Gulf of Guinea. We must ensure our PIB is ready and competitive with what is obtainable in other petroleum nations. If the PIB is not competitive, operators would still move to other nations despite the existence of commercial reserves in the nation. Bala is not alone. The National President of Oil and Gas Service Providers Association, Mr. Colman Obasi stated, “It is surprising that many stakeholders, including the lawmakers have not shown much commitment to the PIB. It is even very surprising that much attention has been to the $20 billion oil revenue controversy which could have been prevented if the PIB was in place. CONTINUED ON PAGE 36


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Stakeholders highlight risks in PIB passage delay CONTINUED FROM PAGE 36 He stated, “It is like leaving the main disease to tackle the symptoms. The legislators should put in efforts to pass the PIB, particularly as the Bill has the promise to streamline a lot of things in the petroleum industry. For instance, the PIB would restructure the industry for sustainable development. It would bring about more accountability and transparency, thus enabling the Federal Government and other parties to block many areas of leakages.” However, it may not be possible to pass the PIB this year because of many reasons. For instance, major areas of conflict among interest groups, especially the Federal Government, IOCs and indigenous operators have not yet been resolved. Already, the IOCs have expressed fears that the passage of the PIB in its present state would reduce oil production by 25 per cent. The Chairman of Oil Producers Trade Section, OPTS, Mr. Mark Ward stated that: “With the proposed PIB, reduced investments would not offset natural decline and Nigeria’s production would fall 25 per cent through 2022 which is more than 500 kbd. He stated that Fiscal regimes which are the inter-play of royalties, taxes, incentives and recovery of costs and no single element can be taken in isolation when evaluating the impact on investments. Mark who made this observation at the National Association of Energy Correspondents Association conference on PIB in Lagos remarked that: “The PIB does not balance these fiscal elements. Generally speaking, the terms proposed increase royalties, increase taxes and lower allowances or incentives all at the same time. Additionally a 10per cent profit tax is introduced to fund the PHCF and limitations are placed on deductibility of foreign costs. He said that all this comes on top of many other existing levies and taxes we pay, such as the NDDC levy, NCD levy and Education tax, adding that: “The cumulative effect of this is that a combination of higher royalties and taxes with reduced incentives to an extent that investors would be discouraged from investing in the deep waters.

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Mark stated that no new deepwater investments are economically viable and they will not go forward, 90per cent of new JV gas production will not happen and 30 per cent of new JV oil production will not materialise. The chairman remarked that: “As part of our analysis of the PIB, we also compared the proposed fiscal terms with 20 other countries. What we see across the board is that when a country has relatively high royalties, they balance it with relatively lower taxes or higher taxes with lower royalties with incentives in both cases pro-

TO FAST TRACK THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE INDUSTRY viding some balance. He stated that the PIB does not have this balance, meaning that it would be difficult for Nigeria to attract the required foreign capital to offset decline let alone grow production. Mark regretted that the development was taking place when the global energy landscape was witnessing radical changes. He said that: “As you know, new

technologies are unlocking shale oil and gas in the US with Russia and China expected to follow. Closer to Nigeria, there have recently been significant gas discoveries in East Africa and West Africa is opening new areas with attractive terms up and down the region. Mark stated that on the market side, recent refinery upgrades are reducing the need for light crudes like Nigeria’s Bonny crude putting pressure on crude sales. All these advances are creating direct competition for investments dollars with Nigeria. He noted that the treatment of gas in the PIB is an even more difficult story as gas was extremely important for the nation. The Country Chair/Managing Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company, Mr. Mutiu Sunmonu noted that the government needed to ensure that the PIB provided increased air of freedom for operators to concentrate on core operations with minimum interference. He said: “All we need is for the government to replicate what it has done in the telecoms industry, which allows investors, including MTN, to run operations as seamlessly as possible in order to fast track the development of the industry. Sunmonu surmised that the nation has great potential, which should be properly harnessed to maximise value for all stakeholders, including operators, communities and the entire nation. He said the slag in exploration and production as a result of the PIB had impacted in many negative ways on the industry and government which needed more funds to catch up in the coming years. Despite the challenges, the PIB does not appear to have any alternatives. As the Chairman of Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI, Mr. Ledum Mitee pointed out, “It is my hope and wish that together, we would be able to come out with concrete suggestions that would enrich the PIB with a view to fashioning it into a comprehensive and reliable legislation that can complement the NEITI Act, both in principles and practices which would in turn lead to improved revenues for government, halt oil theft, and check degradation of the environment in the host communities.”

DELSU to train 600 youths in power, energy JOHNSON OKANLAWON

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he Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka has embarked on a youth empowerment programme to train over 600 youths on certain aspects of power and energy. For a hitch-free exercise, the state university through DELSU Investment Limited is partnering with Shurlock Solar Tech Services Limited in form of Private, Public Partnership (PPP) in line with the country’s local content development. The one-month training programme which will be conducted in six centers across the state will commence from March, 2014 and is expected to end in the first week of April. The training centres include: Warri, Abraka, Ughelli, Sapele, Asaba and Oleh, all in Delta State.

According to the Chief Executive Officer of Shurlock Solar Tech, Engr, Akpos Okeren, participants in the programme will surely benefit a lot as they have designed and enriched the different aspects of the training. He said courses in building and electrical installations of solar inverters, building of panels, determination of solar battery bank, street light installations, house wiring amongst others. These courses, the energy consultant maintained, will open the eyes of these students particularly on renewable energy and solar devices. Okeren who confirmed that the programme is open to both students and the general public said they are trying to introduce vocational skills into the students even with their academic training, so that they will be self reliant in the future.

“Apart from that, these students would also be equipped with some basic technical knowledge such as how to avert fire outbreaks, installations of electrical equipment and how to monitor and control power and its equipment. “The programme is going to run for a month in form of a weekend programme. Warri centre commences from 8th to 9th march 2014 while the training will take place in five other centers at different dates across the state. All individuals who succeed in gaining the knowledge are recognised as having both the theoretical and practical skills to be a quality technician.” Okeren added. Speaking further, the American trained engineer who said that over 100 participants are expected in each of the zones said “It is very important, ben-

eficial to obtain such training because it gives a strong competitive advantage when starting a career in the green job market. “I advise the general public to join the session where they can learn through leading recognised experts in each of the major fields of renewable energy. This surely will provide a very high standard of teaching within the sector”. Meanwhile, Shurlock Solar Tech Services Limited is a renewable energy company specialising in installation power and energy equipment such as street lights, solar water projects, electrical transformers and house wiring. The company has been in business for over seven years and has also partnered with many foreign energy firms such as Florida Earth for Energy. Others include schools, governments and corporate organisations in the country.


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OPEC daily basket price falls to $106.68 a barrel UDEME AKPAN

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he price of Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC basket of 12 has fallen slightly from $106.79 to $106.68 per barrel, according to OPEC Secretariat calculations. The new OPEC Reference Basket of Crudes (ORB) is made up of the following: Saharan Blend (Algeria), Girassol (Angola), Oriente (Ecuador), Iran Heavy (Islamic Republic of Iran), Basra Light (Iraq), Kuwait Export (Kuwait), Es Sider (Libya), Bonny Light (Nigeria), Qatar Marine (Qatar), Arab Light (Saudi Arabia), Murban (UAE) and Merey (Venezuela). Despite the slight fall, many oil exporting nations, including Nigeria were still able to generate adequate foreign exchange to fund their 2014 budgets. The Secretary General of OPEC, Dr. Abdalla S. El-Badri said, “The size, scope, and complexity of the global oil market make it almost unique among physical commodities. Currently more than 90 million barrels of oil are produced and consumed every day. He stated that beyond the scale of this trade, the strategic importance of oil and the crucial role that it plays in the global economy make it a commodity like no other. El-Badri said, “It is the backbone of the global transportation sector, and is used to develop and produce a vast array of everyday products. The price of oil is, of course, a central component to all this. In fact, how oil prices evolve in the future matters to every one of us. He stated, “Whether you are a con-

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He stated, “Clearly there is always much focus on the ups and downs of the price on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Short-term price fluctuations caused by such issues as geopolitics, supply disruptions, economic developments and weather are natural. They are expected. They are unavoidable. They are absolutely normal. El-Badri stated that oil has increasingly being treated as an individual asset class by financial investors. He stated, “Speculative funds flowing into – and out of – the commodity futures markets, have exposed the physical oil market to financial market volatility. Since 2005, the total open interest of the NYMEX and ICE futures and options has increased sharply. And what has evolved is a close link between crude oil prices and speculative activity. This has meant that some price movements have not been driven by fundamentals or the normal ebbs and flows of the market. They have been driven by market speculation.

sumer purchasing a petroleum product at the pump, or the refined products for your airlines, ships and trains; or whether you are a producer looking at oil investments and future prices, a stable and fair oil price is vital. The Secretary General maintained that high oil prices, for example, are bad for consumers today and lead to situations that are bad for producers tomorrow. He remarked that, “And low oil prices are bad for producers today and lead to situations that are bad for consumers tomorrow. Thus, as I have often said, extreme prices – either too high or too low – are not in the interests of either producers or consumers. I think it is important to initially stress that past experience has shown us that no one country or institution can set or control prices. El-Badri stated, “It is crucial we better understand how the market can help realize a stable and fair oil price and eliminate excessive fluctuations. It means looking at the price from both the short- and long-term perspectives.

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il producing and exporting nations have been called upon to invest more resources in crude oil exploration and production in order to enable them meet present and future demand for oil. The Secretary General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, Dr. Abdalla S. ElBadri who made the call stated, “The long-term nature of our industry, especially when looking at investments, we need to also pay close attention to future years and what can be done to help provide more stability in the long-term price. He stated, “Let me stress here that long-term oil prices and fluctuations cannot really be managed, and that any price forecasts cannot be made with absolute certainty. No-one has

the capacity to do this. There are always unknowns. El-Badri stated that oil nations need to continually work towards a balanced market between supply and demand – a market with adequate and flexible spare capacity and storage for both crude oil and refined products to counter any short-term turbulence. He stated, “Looking at the market today, we believe fundamentals remain balanced. There is more than enough supply to meet demand. Spare capacity and stocks are at healthy levels. And prices are at comfortable levels for both producers and consumers. The Secretary General stability and a balanced market will be helpful in providing stability and a balanced market in the future. He stated, “In addition, there are evi-

dently a number of other factors that can help to deliver a balanced market, with stable and fair prices, in the years ahead. This is not an exhaustive list; but I hope to provide some key points. El-Badri stated, “It is important that we look to provide rational and impartial supply and demand forecasts. We need to continually strive for more reliable and transparent data, to help alleviate uncertainty and volatility. This can be done through dialogue between all stakeholders and through initiatives such as the Joint Organisations Data Initiative – or, as it is better known, JODI. He stated that it was also critical to have a better understanding of demand side developments, particularly policies that might discriminate against oil. The Secretary General stated, “At the heart of this is security of demand. This

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is just as important to producers, as security of supply is to consumers. We need to remember that all investments require certain conditions. These can obviously vary, but in general, the focus for producers is on stability. Its absence can lead to investment uncertainty, and, in turn, future market instability. He stated that producers do not want to waste precious financial resources now on infrastructure that might not be needed in the future. El-Badri stated, “At the same time, however, if timely and adequate investments are not made, then future consumer needs might not be met. And of course, both under- or over-investment can lead to future price fluctuations, with potential knock-on consequences. In this regard, and specifically in terms of lower prices, we need to think about the cost of the marginal barrel. He also stated, “Given the complexities of the oil market, it is difficult to establish a single number that represents the marginal cost. But it is evident that the cost of some oil sands projects, tight oil plays, deepwater and Arctic fields are the most likely to represent the marginal cost. This raises the question: at what price levels would some of these projects become unworkable? It is clear that for some projects it may not be far below current price levels.”


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any African nations have adopted Nigeria’s model of local content for implementation in their respective economies. Congo, the latest is said to have adopted the model following a recent presentation made in Congo by the Executive Secretary, Engr. Ernest Nwapa. Nwapa appraised Nigeria as one of the country’s best projecting the benefits of Local Content and dropped the hint that the Board’s invitation to the conference was a validation of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s commitment to African collaboration as Nigeria has been on the forefront of this integration. The presentation which gave an overview of the Nigerian economy with special focus on the oil and gas industry had Engr. Nwapa enumerate provisions of the NOGICD Act 2010 giving a philosophical basis of what the law tried to achieve over the past few years. The Executive Secretary explained that Nigerian Content has brought about incountry value addition where activities of the industry are geared towards actually creating value, employment and getting the nationals to participate in the oil and gas value chain to promote the development and use of local resources. He stated, “Every project being run in Nigeria must leave a big legacy, either a fabrication yard, an integration yard or an asset that will continue to run even after the project is completed ” These, he informed, are very practical steps which foreign partners understand to be important and not an imposition of anything unusual on the

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foreign partners. The Executive Secretary revealed plans to go into Industrial Park Schemes so that SMEs will partner with OEMs from foreign countries who do not necessarily want to set up their own factories in Nigeria but are willing to support the development of the SMEs. Nwapa said, “the participation of Nigerians in the industry has grown to a good extent which today, engineering in the oil and gas industry is done 90per cent incountry, fabrication of all the field development facilities now has 50per cent of the tonnage done in Nigeria but the major issue is in manufacturing which is where the knowledge and technology is”. He called on African nations to take the issues of funding and R&D for technological advancement seriously in order to cre-

ate shop floors where people can work and learn through manufacturing. Speaking earlier at the plenary, the President of the Republic of Congo, Mr. Denis Sassou Nguesso who spoke through one of his ministers, highlighted the theme of the conference to the country’s march towards economic emergence in 2025 in which the national private sector must be effective as the basic unit in the economic development process. The Congolese President opined that experience in other countries, particularly in Africa informed the decision to promote private sector with an aim to implement the general rule of local content for all projects developed by investors and foreign partners, supply of certain goods and services in oil and gas reserved for Congolese nationals and the reservation of participating interest in oil fields to indigenous operators. The objective was handed down the National Steering Committee to put in place under the authority of the President of the Republic, legislative and regulatory framework to be adopted for the implementation of the principles it sets out to achieve. The Steering Committee is, however, responsible for ensuring the procedures are in place and to propose desirable evolution in the overall interest of the Congolese people. Nguesso asserted that he attached great importance to the proper implementation of the directive with a responsibility on his office to monitor and control the implementation with a weekly report to be made by his cabinet. The Congolese leader affirmed his belief that the development and stability of any country must be based, to a greater extent, on a solid national pedestal.

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he Federal Government has assured Nigerians and potential investors of its commitment to the coal-to-power initiative, aimed at utilizing the abundant coal reserves that spread across nine states in Nigeria. The Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo gave the assurance at the weekend, while receiving the ETA Zuma Group at the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja. The Minister stated that Nigeria must pursue its energy mix strategy now to guarantee its security, as it stands, at least 30% of its requirement should be provided by coal, while also using the opportunity to call on investors to key in and take advantage of this gap. The Minister expressed satisfaction with the giant strides recorded by the indigenous company – ETA Zuma Energy Group, just as he commended the quality of exploration data provided by the company as a pointer to its seriousness. Nebo said 380 million tonnes of high grade coal available for exploration have shown that Zuma has enough proven

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reserves to service power plants for a minimum of 30 years. He informed the company of a ready market for all the coal that could be mined as coal can equally be used for domestic purposes. Ezuma group is developing an ongrid coal power plant in Itobe, Kogi

state with 1,200mw installed capacity and having provisions for expansion to 3,000mw. Nebo noted that the security of a nation’s energy mix is important; hence government will work hard to fully utilize its coal-to-power potentials. He further called on other investors not to hesitate stating that, ‘this is the time to invest for bumper harvest tomorrow.’ Chairman of the group, Dr. Innocent Ezuma in his presentation said the first phase of the project will attract investment of $3 billion, adding that his plant will use clean coal technology known as Circulating Fludiced Bed Technology (CFB), which meets World Bank requirement, as it has permissible emission level. Dr. Ezuma who maintained that the project financing has reached advanced stage assured that it would provide employment for over 10,000 Nigerians when it is fully operational. He noted that the construction which will commence in the fourth quarter of this year would be completed in three to four years, and would have reserves that could last for 30 years

etrofac, the international oil and gas services provider, has been awarded a contract by BP, worth approximately US$1.2 billion, for the central processing facility (CPF) for the Khazzan gas project in the Sultanate. This has been awarded on a convertible lump sum basis and will convert to a full lump sum contract at a pre-determined point during execution. The scope of work will include engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the central processing facility (CPF) at the Khazzan field. The CPF will include two process trains, each having a capacity of 525 million standard cubic feet of gas per day. The project also includes an associated condensate processing system, power generation plant, water treatment system and all associated utilities and infrastructure. The project is expected to be completed in 2017. Subramanian Sarma, Managing Director of Petrofac’s Onshore Engineering & Construction business, commented: “Petrofac has executed a large number of projects for BP across many aspects of our business and we are delighted to be supporting them on this pioneering project at Khazzan, the largest new upstream project in Oman. He stated, “We have a very strong record for project execution in Oman with this project representing Petrofac’s eighth EPC contract in the Sultanate and follows the recent award of the US$2.1 billion Sohar refinery improvement project which was announced in November.

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neSubsea has signed a five-year frame agreement with Woodside to supply subsea equipment and services for developments in offshore Australia. The agreement covers the potential to provide subsea engineering services, subsea production systems and life of field services. OneSubsea opened a new facility in Perth in 2013 which was built specifically to support the growing business needs in the Australia region and will provide the life of field services to Woodside under this agreement. OneSubsea CEO John Carne stated, “I am very excited to establish this agreement with Woodside. They are a major supplier of LNG in Australia with a large portfolio of future prospects where reliable subsea technology will play an important part. OneSubsea welcomes the opportunity to support Woodside in their development plans.” Also, OneSubsea™ has been awarded a pump systems contract for the Total Moho Phase 1bis development in offshore Congo. The scope of supply includes a Multiphase Pump Station with 2 off 3.5 megawatt highboost pumps, a power and control module, a power and control umbilical, and PhaseWatcher Subsea Multiphase Flow Meters with Vx technology for pump control.


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here are indications that local financiers may have recognised the huge investment opportunities in Nigeria’s emerging electricity market as some local banks have expressed their willingness to continue investments in sector. National Mirror gathered that the local banks alone have committed a total of N750 billion to funding the sector as at December 2013, while they have pledged to finance more investments in the next phase of the power sector because of the significance of the sector reform initiatives. The Managing Director/CEO of Diamond Bank Plc Dr Alex Otti, who spoke on behalf of the local banks at the recent forum in Abuja, said the fund was committed financing various sections of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI). The conference which was held at the State House banquet hall had over 310 foreign delegates and investors drawn from 29 countries including 50 financiers from the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank, Stanbic IBTC Bank, and Standard Chartered Bank. Major local financiers at the confab include Ecobank, Diamond Bank, Fidelity Bank, Skye Bank, and the Heritage Bank. Ecobank said it has projected power sector funding of about $5 billion per annum over the next five years to support the growth and development of the power sector. A statement at the weekend explained that Ecobank played a major role on the buy-side of the recent power sector privatisation by providing financial advisory services, lead arranger role, acquisitioning financing and guarantees to Distribution Companies (DISCOS), Generating Com-

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panies (GENCOS) and National Integrated Power Plants (NIPP). It quoted Ecobank Country Head, Power and Energy, Olufunke Jones, to have stated that the bank’s objective was focused on playing actively at all levels of the sector’s privatisation which includes distribution, transmission and generation. She noted that Nigeria has one of the largest gaps between demand and supply for electricity. To bridge this gap the country requires a combination of favourable government policies, private sector participation and foreign direct investment (FDI), as well as transparency and persistent monitoring that will guarantee an improved business environment, she added. According to Jones, the current power reforms have created opportunities for capital expenditure and operating expenditure funding. “There is the urgent need to rehabilitate the distribution networks in order to make them robust and flexible enough to accommodate the nation’s demand for power,” she

added. On her part, the Local Account Manager, Corporate Banking Group, Ecobank Nigeria, Mrs. Funmilola Ogunmekan, noted that unlike the telecoms industry where new investors were able to take advantage of new technologies to redefine industry norms, the power sector is faced with the challenges of upgrading mostly obsolete equipment and processing under a traditional technology framework. Ogunmekan reiterated that in 2014 Ecobank would leverage its position as a bank with the third largest branch network to provide effective utility collections and cash management services while providing the required additional capital and operating expenditure funding requirement for at least five of the distribution companies across the country. Ecobank had collaborated with companies to put in place an effective and seamless Utility Collection System devoid of leakages and supported by a robust information technology infrastructure. The bank has provided bid bond facilities to some of the major approved contractors in line with National Electricity Regulatory Company expectations, for the Credited Advanced Prepaid Metering Implementation (CAPMI) Scheme. Vice President, Arc. Namadi Sambo, lamented the currently low per capital electricity generation noting that it is the bane of development. He tasked both the foreign and local investors as well as financiers to invest much in the sector to increase generation capacity to support domestic and industrial sector. He assured of government’s commitment to the partnership saying, “Our administration will continue to promote private sector participation.”

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fren has intensified efforts to realise its $845 million investment in Nigeria and other nations this year. Investigations showed that efforts have been made to step up exploration in many locations, including Ebok, located in Nigeria. The firm stated that the efforts were targeted at producing about 40,000 barrels of oil a day from Nigeria and other nations. Afren stated in a statement that, “We expect to benefit from a significant improvement in terms covering historical liabilities and those arising through to mid-2016” after clarification of the tax position at Ebok.

It stated, “Our vision to be the leading independent upstream Exploration and Production (E&P) company in each of the areas in which we operate is underpinned by a clear and consistent strategy – one that is designed to provide a framework for sustainable long-term growth across the E&P value chain through balanced funding, exploration and production in our core areas of operation – Nigeria and other West Africa, Afren East Africa Exploration and the Kurdistan region of Iraq. The firm stated, “Exploration and Appraisal success are integral to creating value for our shareholders. Our dedicated E&A teams have responsibility for identifying exploration ideas, prioritising our prospect inventory and ensuring efficient deployment

of capital and execution of our exploration and drilling activities. It stated, “Our 2012 exploration campaign was very successful with world-class discoveries announced at the Okoro Field Extension and Ebok North Fault Block, offshore Nigeria and at the Simrit-2 discovery located on the Ain Sifni PSC, Kurdistan region of Iraq. The firm stated, “We achieved an E&A success ratio of 88%, increasing net 2P reserves to 210 mmboe (excluding Ain Sifni). In 2013, we have identified high-impact opportunities across our three business units targeting net Pmean resources in excess of 650 mmboe.” It maintained that the exploration campaigns would assist to boost the firm’s production

profile aimed at generating strong predictable cash flows for the Group. The firm stated, “We have a proven track record as an Operator and have successfully delivered oil in record time at the Okoro and Ebok fields, offshore Nigeria. We have successfully leveraged this skill set into the Kurdistan region of Iraq where we initiated production operations at the Barda Rash PSC in 2012, just over one year from entry. It also added, “During the year, we delivered record production of 43,059 boepd (including OML 26) net to Afren (representing a more than two-fold increase from the previous year). In 2013, we are targeting full year net working interest production of between 40,000 to 47,000 boepd (excluding Barda Rash).

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he Nigerian Agip Oil Company and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board have organized a two-day awareness and sensitization engagement for its local and multinational contractors in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The workshop was aimed at improving the knowledge of contractors on the provisions of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act 2010, opportunities it has created for Nigerian contractors and requirements for packaging successful bids. In his goodwill message at the event, the Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Engr. Ernest Nwapa said that the Nigerian Content Act had created a veritable opportunity for Nigerians to get involved in the oil and gas industry and contribute to the development of the nation’s economy. The Executive Secretary who was represented at the event by the Manager, Capacity Building, NCDMB, Engr.Godwin Ukobo noted that the Board’s implementation initiatives are ensuring that young Nigerians are being trained and employed on the back of industry projects while encouraging the establishment of facilities where complex industry work can be domiciled and employment opportunities created for qualified Nigerians. Delivering her welcome address, the General Manager, Nigerian Content Development, Nigerian Agip Oil Company, Mrs. Callista Azogu regretted that at least 160 companies failed to qualify for NAOC contract awards in 2013 due to Nigerian Content related issues even when most of them were technically qualified for the jobs. The disqualification of several companies impacted the fulfilment of the Act’s objectives and inhibited the promotion of local content, she said. Azogu challenged Nigerian contractors to think beyond tenders and focus on in-country domiciliation and manufacturing of goods and services, while working in collaboration with the Original Equipment Manufacturers’ (OEMs) for technology and skills transfer. She explained that the workshop sessions were designed to disseminate necessary information and requirements including upcoming opportunities to equip Nigerian contractors and key Original Equipment Manufacturers to effectively and successfully pursue the deliberate utilization of Nigerian human, material resources and services in oil industry activities. Also speaking at the event, Chairman, House of Representatives’ Local Content Committee, Honourable Asita Honourable announced that the Lower Chamber will conclude its amendments of the Nigerian Content Act by the end of March 2014 and forward same to the Senate for concurrence. A public hearing on the proposed amendments of select sections of the Act was held in July 2013 in Abuja where stakeholders’ perspectives and contribuCONTINUED ON PAGE 40


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NAOC, NCDMB organise workshop for local contractors CONTINUED FROM PAGE 39 tions to the amendments were collated. Commending NAOC and NCDMB for organizing the workshop, Asita regretted that many service companies have been unable to grow capacity and own vital equipment because they have failed to take advantage of mergers which will position them to meet the high standards of the oil and gas industry. He stressed that, “Because the Act provides for exclusive consideration for Nigerian companies does not make room for mediocrity. You must show capacity as a Nigerian company and fulfill requirements of the law.” The Committee Chairman threatened to test Section 68 of the Act, which provides for a fine of five per cent of the project sum for each project or cancellation of the project if an operator, contractor or subcontractor is convicted of carrying out any project contrary to the provisions of the Act. In his presentation, Manager, Projects and Operations, NCDMB, Engr. David Adeyeye confirmed that the Board had begun the categorization of rig assets working in Nigeria, having completed that of marine vessels.

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barge crash that spilled enough oil to temporarily shut a stretch of the Mississippi River highlights the transportation risks of the U.S. energy boom just as regulators respond to several rail accidents involving crude. Bloomberg stated that a 65-mile portion of the river about 50 miles (80 kilometers) upstream from New Orleans reopened with restrictions yesterday as federal and state officials responded to a Feb. 22 spill, which stalled shipments of goods including grain and chemicals on the nation’s busiest waterway. “We’re facing the imminent risk of a barge disaster or a rail disaster” as more oil is shipped to the Gulf of Mexico for refining, Jonathan Henderson, a spokesman for the New Orleans-based Gulf Restoration Network, said by phone after attending a meeting with U.S. Coast Guard officials. A surge in U.S. oil production, reflecting in part advances in drilling techniques, has unlocked millions of barrels of oil from geologic formations such as North Dakota’s Bakken shale, reducing U.S. reliance on imports. It has also ignited a debate over how to safely get the oil to refineries after a series of rail accidents involving oil tank cars, including a July derailment that killed 47 in a Quebec city. Backers of TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s proposed Keystone XL project from Alberta to the U.S.

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even Energy International Limited has invested $1.2 billion in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry. The firm stated, “Seven Energy has raised equity capital of over $750 million, and invested over $1.2 billion of capital in Nigeria. It stated that aside from the NPDC relationship, in Akwa Ibom State alone, it has invested over $600 million, and constructed over 100 kilometres of gas pipeline infrastructure and 200 million standard cubic feet of gas processing capacity (the largest independent gas processing capacity in sub-Saharan Africa). The firm stated, “Our investors and funding partners include some of the most reputable local and international financial institutions. It stated that unfounded criticism and allegations based on incorrect information undermine the hard work that has gone into building a business that has already become one of the leading indigenous developers of gas in Nigeria, based on assets and investments. The firm stated, “We do not intend to allow this to deter us from continuing to build what we believe will be a very successful long-term business which will have an enormous impact on the development of gas and power infrastructure

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and meeting the energy needs of Nigeria. The company which made this while attempting to clarify issues involved in the ongoing allegation of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC unremitted $20 billion funds to the Federation Account. The firm stated that there have been reports in the Nigerian press on the perceived lack of transparency by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in accounting for oil revenues. Unfortunately, NPDC’s Strategic Alliance Agreement with Seven Energy has been mentioned amid various allegations made against NPDC. It stated, “We are fully supportive of a drive for accountability and transparency within the Nigerian Government, and the petroleum sector, and in this context we feel it is im-

portant that we communicate clearly the facts regarding our agreement with NPDC. The firm stated that there were several key issues that are important to clarify, including the impact of our agreement on NNPC and revenues of the Nigerian Government: Under the terms of the Strategic Alliance Agreement with NPDC, since October 2010, our subsidiary, Septa Energy, has funded all of NPDC’s 55% cash call obligations for the Seplat/ NPDC joint venture on OMLs 4, 38 and 41. It stated, “These have amounted to over $500 million, which has been invested directly in the development of OMLs 4, 38 and 41. As a result of this investment, production from these licenses has increased from approximately 20,000 barrels of oil a day in October 2010 to an average of over 51,000 barrels of oil per

day during 2013. The firm maintained that its funds were used for workover and drilling of over 30 wells, upgrading of gas compressors and facilities, repair work to pipelines and a new logistics base and maintaining a full operating team to run and support the work on these licenses. It stated, “By all measures, this has been an enormous success and, by our calculations, has more than doubled the net revenues of NNPC/ NPDC from OMLs 4, 38 and 41 (even after taking into account our costs), and significantly increased the Royalties and taxes the Nigerian Government receives from these blocks, had any investment not taken place. The firm stated, “Payment of all applicable taxes: Our lifting entitlement is calculated after accounting for Royalty and Petroleum Profits Tax, so that we only lift an after tax entitlement volume. By definition and by operation of the agreement, all of our entitlements and lifts permit us to lift only what is contractually due to us after full deduction of all taxes associated with the oil production. In addition, Septa Energy is subject to Company’s Income Tax on its profits in Nigeria. It stated that all its cash calls and lifts of crude oil entitlements were fully reconciled and documented with NPDC.

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he Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, has concluded a public hearing on the draft regulations on Enforcement and National Content, in line with the Electricity Power Sector Reform Act (2005). The public hearing served as a forum for the Commission to interface with a range of individual stakeholders and groups to garner valuable opinion and comments on the two regulations, which had been made available for public comments about a year ago. The Chairman/CEO of the Commission, Dr. Sam Amadi gave this indication in his welcome remark, stating that, “The regulations have been in the works for more than a year now. They were sent to stakeholders, the distribution and generation companies, and institutions including the World Bank, European Union, and International Monetary Fund, whom we received comments from”. According to him, the process was rigorous, as a lot of work had gone into it but noted that with public input, more incisive comments can be gathered and included in the two regulations. Amadi, however, decried the activities of some public interest groups, who often would not attend public hearings in order

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to see to the final obligation that will be placed on licensees in this regard, but are quick to scandalise and criticise policies of government. He appealed to interest groups to be more participatory in public consultations, stating, “We must be public spirited, let’s not think that the regulator has all the answers”. Commissioner of Legal, Licensing, and Enforcement, Dr. Steven Andzenge buttressed Dr. Amadi’s point that the Commission saw the need for the two regulations

and considered them imperative to the success of the new electricity industry in Nigeria. He said that the process has been successful, stating that, “What we have succeeded in putting in place is not different from what is already in existence in our law. The act gives us the power to set up the regulations as well as get the public involved”. The enforcement regulation is premised on the need to ensure orderly transformation of the electricity industry that would promote competition and efficient service delivery. Enforcement law gives the Commission the power to warn, suspend and revoke licenses even as it maintains its position as an unbiased referee for the electricity market. The National Content Regulation provides for the development of Nigerian Content as key components for project execution. It also gives priority to qualified Nigerian to be hired by operators for all works and services. The regulation urges all licensees to submit employment and training plan at the end of each financial year to the Commission for review-such that qualified Nigerians are not bypassed.


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NEMA trains NSCDC Officers on MICU ambulances GLORIA USMAN ABUJA

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he National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) conducted a three-day training programme for officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) on the use of Mobile Intensive Care Unit Ambulance (MICU) in Abuja. The officers will also be trained on the use of rapid rescue equipment for emergencies situations in order to save lives. The Director General

of NEMA, Alhaji Mohammed Sani-Sidi, who was represented by director of training of the agency, Engineer Daniel Gambo, said the training was aimed at training stakeholders to acquire skills and knowledge required in handling the MICU ambulance and first aid for rapid response to road accidents. The NEMA boss said: “The ambulances are the provision of resources for emergency medical services along the Airport road. It is not for NEMA alone. We need to bring all stakeholders that will partner to

operate under one umbrella and understand their roles as people who are leading and supporting to make the work more effective. “When we talk of manpower, Civil Defence have a lot of manpower and to be able to bring them on board to train them doesn’t mean that we want to merge NSCDC with NEMA”, he added He noted that, in all the countries of the world, there are coordinating agencies, that coordinate agencies that have responsibilities for disasters management, and in Nigeria NEMA is such agency.

“Nigeria has raised itself with many institutions in bringing succour to emergency calls and NSCDC is one of those agencies. The foresight of the Commandant-General was to release you as one of the first batch of other agencies that will join you later”, he said. He urged the participants to take the training seriously and implored them to be patriotic and selfless to their service to humanity, adding that emergency situation is a collective responsibility and that the training would help the participants to identify

L-R: Director-General, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Mr William Dar; Minister of Agriculture, Dr Akinwumi Adesina; a Geneticist and Plant Breeder, Prof. Candidus Echekwu and representative of the Senate President, Sen. Joshua Lidani, at the launch of Groundnut Value Chain in Abuja on Monday.

workable standard and operating procedures, provide synergy and easy access to emergency response. According to him, the equipment is for rapid intervention in urban search and rescue and also have the ability to fight fire, road crashes, collapse building and Air crash. The NEMA Zonal Coor-

Minister canvasses rigorous intellectualism in addressing nation challenges

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he Supervising Minister of National Planning Commission, Alhaji Bashir Yuguda, yesterday said the task before all Nigerians was to shun pessimism and focus on addressing the challenges that confront the nation He sopke at a one-day interface between the Peoples Democratic Institute (PDI) and members of the International Community in Abuja. He said: “Someone may say that Nigeria’s democracy is fraught with too many problems, but which democracy does not have its own unique sets of challenges. “Even those that are hundreds of years old still have challenges, some have even predicted that our country will not stay as one country but in every echelon of our society, there is a united commitment from all Nigerians to stay as one nation, one

Attendance monitors appointed for civil servants in Imo CHRIS NJOKU OWERRI

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mo State Government has appointed monitors to be in charge of the attendance registers in all the ministries in a bid to check truancy in the public service in the state. Addressing a management staff meeting in his office, the Head of Service, Imo State, Mr. Calistus Ekenze stated it

clearly that checking the attendance registers of all Ministries daily does not mean to witch-hunt any public servant, stressing that the measure is meant to instill discipline and sanity in the service for posterity. He charged the monitors to take the exercise seriously and warned that any Public Servant who insults the monitors has invariably insulted his

person (HOS) and urged Civil servants to adhere strictly to the tenets of the Public Service by coming to work early and shunning lateness and absenteeism. The Head of service, who frowned at the level of decay in the service, advised public servants in the state to be alive to their duties and responsibilities so as to justify the confidence reposed in

them as the implementers of the Rescue Mission Programmes in the State. Responding, the Permanent Secretary, Establishments Mr. John Uzoma, thanked the Head of Service for the meeting and assured that the exercise would be carried out to the letter. He advised the management staff to shun chauvinistic tendencies in the discharge of the assignments.

dinator, Ishaya Chonoko, said the importance of training programme cannot be over emphasised, especially when one have the means to improvise, and urged participants to be attentive to resource persons in order to acquire the required skills which they require to serve the public better.

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people, one country”. He maintained that like teething in an infant, the country`s present challenges were ``a sign of growth, not of regression’’. The minister buttressed the need for more intellectual rigour in understanding and properly articulating the issues as well as fashioning credible and sustainable solutions towards addressing them. Speaking at the event, Chairman of the Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Mrs. Ngozi Olejeme, said that government must develop a political will to promote gender equality in the country. The Director General of the PDI, Mr Lanre Adebayo, said the institute was poised to ensure that all PDP aspirants accepted the party programmes and policies and their underlining value.


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Customs woos stakeholders to achieve FG’s fiscal policy

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he Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Tuesday told stakeholders at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport (MMIA) to collaborate with the NCS to enable it achieve the Federal Government’s fiscal policy objective. The new Zonal Coordinator of `Zone ` A` of the NCS, Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs, Mrs. Banke Adeyemo, made the plea during familiarisation tour of the airport. Adeyemo said that the zone had the largest workforce because of the volume of trade that coming to the zone. The zonal coordinator urged stakeholders to assist their clients in the processing of Form `M` to fast-track customs’ clearing processes.

“The airport command is a border post, it is whatever goods you sanction that will come in and whatever you did not want will be seized. “We have to attain international best practices. “Government is putting some reforms in place and we need to engage you properly so that you can understand the objective of the reforms,” Adeyemo said. According to her, stakeholders can truncate the purpose of the reform put in place if the customs fails to solicit the cooperation of stakeholders. Adeyemo explained that government was doing all it could to reduce the duration of cargo clearance, check fraud and boost government’s revenue.

“Change brings tension and discomfort but it is always for a short period. “We need your support and we want to know the need of your clients. “All other countries within Central Africa have been asking us whenever we meet at international conferences how did Nigeria attain it success?

“The NCS success is due to stakeholders’ support. The stakeholders are vital to the transformation agenda of the present administration,” Adeyemo said. She said that the NCS would soon set up a hub in the zone to enlighten stakeholders on the working of the customs. The Chairman of the Association of Nige-

rian Licensed Customs Agents, MMIA Chapter, Mr Alloy Igwe, said that the association would assist the customs to achieve its goals. “We are all working together with the zone to realise the revenue target of 1.2 trillion for 2014. Note that we are also customs officers without uniform,” Igwe said. The Chairman of the

National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarder, MMIA Chapter, Mr. Segun Musa, lauded the effort of the NCS in the continuous sensitisation programme for freight forwarders. Musa urged the customs not to relent in the sensitisation exercise to enable more importers to bring their cargo to Nigeria.

NERC Chairman tasks Nigerians on patriotism CHIDI UGWU ABUJA

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he Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) Dr. Sam Amadi has called on Nigerians to rekindle the spirit of patriotism and learn to be patient especially with the leadership and the government. A statement by the NERC Head of Public Affairs, Dr, Usman Abba Arabi said the Chairman expressed disappointment with Nigerians who use the internet to scandalize the country describing them as unpatriotic and a clear case of not loving Nigeria. Amadi made the remark in his address at the National Orientation Agency (NOA) public campaign entitled “Do the Right Thing, Why Nigerians Must Love Nigeria” at the Unity Fountain, Maitama, Abuja recently. He described loving Nigeria as, “Love does not scandalize. It is patient. Loving Nigeria means volunteering within neigh-

borhood to protect our country” The largely youthful crowd was urged to stand as one and defend the country in situation of trouble, so that Nigerians can be seen as being committed to the protection of the country’s sovereignty as practiced in other countries like the US. Amadi referred to the unity of the United States as worth emulating. “Prior to September 11, 2001 attack, in the United States, there was division but after that, the bickering died; the people became united. The President became the symbol of the United States,” he said. He noted that Nigerians may have different views about President Goodluck Jonathan, however using the internet to scandalize his person as against giving constructive criticism was not good for the country. The NOA Director General, Mr. Mike Omeri in his comments urged Nigerians to be patriotic, and to do the right thing always.

L-R: Permanent Secretaries From; Lagos Public Service Office, Mr Olalekan Akodu; Special Duties, Office of Lagos Head of Service, Dr Remi Desalu; Common Services Office, Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mr Yemi Adelakun; Lagos Head of Service, Mrs Oluseyi Williams and Director of Communication, Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Tope Ajakaiye, during a visit of Mr Adelakun to Lagos Head of Service in Lagos recently. PHOTO:NAN

Adamawa Assembly approves chairman, members of Fiscal Responsibility Commission

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he Adamawa House of Assembly, has approved the appointment of nominees for chairman and members of the state Fiscal Responsibility Commission. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that

the house approved the list of nominees on Tuesday after adopting the report of its ad-hoc committee that screened the nominees. Gov. Murtala Nyako had presented the nominees’ list to the Assembly and was received by the speak-

er, Alhaji Ahmadu Fintiri. Chairman of the ad-hoc committee, Mr Adamu Kamale, (PDP-Michika), in his report, said the committee was satisfied with the credentials of the five nominees. He also said the commit-

tee was impressed with the response of the nominees to questions put to them during the screening. “The nominees successfully answered all the questions asked by members of the ad-hoc committee without any problem.

NIMC extends enrolment to 305 LGAs

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he National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has extended enrolment to 305 Local Government Areas (LGAs) across the country, Mr Umar Abdulhamid, the commission’s Deputy Director, Corpo-

rate Communications, has said. Abdulhamid told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja that the commission was also currently enrolling people in some LGAs in Niger and Kaduna State.

He also said enrolment was currently taking place in all the area councils of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). “The commission is working at expanding its coverage to more LGAs in order to meet the target set by Presi-

dent Goodluck Jonathan to enrol 100 million Nigerians by the end of December 2014,’’ the NIMC official said. NAN recalls that President Jonathan had on Oct. 17, 2013 inaugurated the National Identity Card Project in Abuja.


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Dr. (Mrs.) Rosaline Ada Chenge is the first female Managing Director of the Lower Benue River Basin Development Authority and any river basin development authority for that matter and the only female governorship aspirant under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. She tells HENRY IYORKASE that she would industrialise Benue State’s enormous agro-allied potentials by harnessing them into maximum productivity, if elected governor. Excerpts: You are vying for the number one seat of the state come 2015 general election. Are you not aware that as an Idoma woman by birth, the Tiv people will find it difficult to concede power to you even as you are married to a Tiv? Well, by the grace of God, I am not the one who is going for the office of governor of Benue State, but God Himself. I am aware that Benue has a peculiar case, as regards the Idoma and the Tiv nations that have lived together over the years. The Tiv and Idoma are one people that have never quarrelled; there have never been Idoma /Tiv crisis in terms of war. But, the power distribution politically, has been a problem to the elders of the Tiv and Idoma nations. Across the world, marriage has being one unique unifying force. And for 24 years, I have been married to a Tiv man. So, for the Idoma elders, it is like we are one, since they have their daughter in the Tiv’s house and for the Tivs, it is a case of since we have your daughter in our house, we are one. This depicts the positions of most of the elders from the two tribes. They believe that if their daughter and their wife becomes the governor, there would be a lot of understanding of the inter-cultural differences. I would give you a quick example of Idoma and Tiv differences in culture which by the grace of God, my understanding of the two cultures will bring a lot of clarity. The Idoma culture says if a woman dies, bury her in her father’s house and the Tiv culture says if the woman dies, bury her in her husband’s house. This culture is quite diversifying. The Tiv man and Idoma man sits together, having actually no quarrel but the difference is their upbringing that make them to be very far apart. And so the running force is Ada Chenge, born of Idoma parents and a full Tiv woman, she is what the elders want to have for the people of Benue State. By the grace of God, we are consulting and at the end of the consultation, when the PDP asks us to give the result of our consultations, we shall be able to do that. In which areas do you wish to distinguish yourself if eventually given the mantle of leadership as governor of the state? Well, as an engineer, I want to tell you that an industrialised Benue would be my priority. You know that we have abundant raw materials in the state that are laying waste; we would turn it into finished products. All over the world, we are aware that the value of raw materials is 10 times lower than the value of process products. If you want to buy processed food, you are going to pay much, much more than the raw materials. Benue is blessed and is called food basket of the nation, but we must process; we must change what we have for foreign currency to make Benue food sufficient as well as a place of opportunities. But, there is the general belief that government is not a good manager of industry; how do you hope to attain such industrial growth? Well, there is a major programme worldwide that is called public-private-partnership, PPP, which makes the government these days to be the regulator of industries while the private sector becomes the engine room. I be-

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I’ll transform Benue if given chance –Female guber aspirant

Chenge

BENUE IS BLESSED AND IS CALLED FOOD BASKET OF THE

NATION, BUT WE MUST PROCESS

...TO MAKE BENUE FOOD

SUFFICIENT AS WELL AS A PLACE OF OPPORTUNITIES lieve with public–private-partnership, we can achieve set goals if properly put in place. The issue of power supply has over the years been a stumbling block to industrial development in the state. How do you intend to eliminate this? Lack of power can be tackled through public-privatepartnership. If you bring in people and dams are constructed and micro watts are generated, you will deal with the power problem. But because we are looking at power as one big source that must come from one place, that has been the problem. By the grace of God, I have Masters’ degree in Production Engineering and the degree is not meant just to be accepted but to be practicalised. Other governorship aspirants in the state are claiming that their zones are next in line to produce the next governor of the state, what gives you confidence that the Jeichira, where you come from has a genuine claim? The Jeichira are not just laying claims, but the people are saying that by zoning, it is theirs because their zone had Moses Adasu as the governnor in Benue during the military era and his tenure was truncated by the military. And across the country, it was agreed that the zones that had governors that were truncated by the military be given the chance to finish their regime. Because M.K.O. Abiola won the presidential election, but was not sworn in, when Nigeria returned to democracy, without asking for any other tribe, the Yoruba na-

tion was allowed to produce the next president, giving room for the emergence of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. So, the Jeichira people are saying they should complete their original turn that was truncated by the military before the Minda will take their fresh turn. Even as we talk about unity, Benue is made up of three geopolitical zones and the Idoma as a whole zone, since the creation of the state, has not produced any governor. So, we too have the right. Therefore going by Zoning, I am completely the most favoured. The whole zone C is my own father’s land which according to the Zone C tradition, the daughter’s inheritance comes to her in the father’s house. That is why we have the likes of Maria Akyulura, whose husband is Yoruba, emerging twice as House of Assembly member from Okpokwu Local Government Area; Ewakoye Galuwa, whose husband is Edo, elected Chairman of Agatu Local Government, and the former woman leader, Mrs. Abeda whose husband is a Vandeikya, becoming the state woman leader on zone ticket. And for the Minda, I schooled at the University of Agriculture, Makurdi for both Bachelor’s and Masters’; and became General Manager of Benue State Water Board in 2007 and now with Lower Benue in Makurdi. I live in Makurdi. I have been graciously awarded a street because of my achievements in Makurdi Local Government. I give water to the people of my street by citizenship, I am qualified and so I am most favourabled. And if you talk of zoning, women are saying we have never had it; I think I, as a woman, should benefit from the 35 per cent affirmative action. So I want to tell you that zoning is favourable to Ada Chenge come 2015. Can you give a peep into the challenges confronting the Lower Benue River Basin Development Authority, LBRBDA? First of all, I want you to know that river basins across the country are in-charge of all rural transformation agenda of Mr. President and by the grace of God; I was made the general manager of LBRBDA. Before then, I was the General Manager of Benue State Water Board where I was instrumental to the construction of the Greater Makurdi Water Works; the Katsina-Ala Water Works and the Otukpo Water Works. When the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was made the president, he asked his ministers to go round the country and looked for hardworking Nigerians who will support him in the transformation of Nigeria. And that team was led by former Minister of Water Resources, Hajiya Milafia and the Permanent Secretary of Water Resources, Ambassador Ghali. They came to Benue and they went round the Greater Makurdi Water Works which was under construction by Dr. Gabriel Suswam’s administration. And, when they asked his Excellency, the Governor of Benue State who was the brain behind the great work he was doing, he told then I was the one. Again, when the 36 speakers of the Houses of Assembly from across the country came to Benue, they visited the site to assess that job, his Excellency again told them that the person behind such great work was no other person than Engr. Dr. (Mrs) Ada Chenge. So, it was the governor, by His grace, that nominated me for the federal appointment the president bestowed on me. And as we speak today, it was by His grace that I was made the first female Managing Director of one of the 12 river basin development authorities in Nigeria.


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Adeyeye picks PDP guber form OBIORA IFOH ABUJA

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he contest to pick the governorship ticket of the Peo-

ples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ekiti State took off in earnest as Prince Adedayo Adeyeye, one of the aspirants jostling for the ticket picked nomination forms for the party primary. Last week, National Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, admonished the party’s governor-

Crisis hits Osun LP as interim chair storms out of congress BOLADALE BAMIGBOLA OSOGBO.

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he state congress of the Osun State chapter of Labour Party, LP, which held yesterday at the Women and Children Development Initiative, WOCDIF, centre in Osogbo, the state capital was marred with crisis as a section of the party alleged the faction loyal to former Secretary to Osun State Government, SSG, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade of highjacking the party structure. Before yesterday’s congress, the new members, who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, alongside Akinbade and the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, have engaged in leadership struggle with old members of the LP led by Chief Daniel Afilaka, the transition chair man of the party. Speaking with journalists shortly after storming out of the venue of the congress, Afilaka flayed Akinbade and his supporters, saying it appeared the one-time Osun State chairman of PDP and his supporters were planted in the LP to scuttle its chances in the forthcoming governorship polls. Afilaka, who claimed to be uninterested in the post of state chairman, said he was only fighting for the interest of old members to prevent factionalisation, adding that those in the party before Akinbade and his supporters joined LP were being relegated to

the background. He added that the congress was held in defiance of court injunction because some aggrieved members had already approached the court and got an order restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, from supervising the state congress of the party until Thursday, February 27, saying he was at the venue of the congress to serve the order on INEC and other parties involved in the matter. The congress, which held amidst tight security and under supervision of officials of INEC, returned Barr, Timothy Babalola as new state chairman while 21 other officers were also elected. Afilaka said: “All that was done at the state congress of LP was against what our party stands for. Akinbade and his supporters are bringing PDP way of doing things into the LP and that will cause problem. It is obvious Akinbade was planted in LP by some people to disrupt it.” According to him, leaders of the LP, including Dr Segun Mimiko and others will be briefed while his legal team would consider the next legal step to take on the matter.

ship aspirants to first pick the forms so as to acquire the locus standi to qualify them to participate in the party’s activities for the primary. In compliance, Prince Adeyeye, one of the 33 aspirants, yesterday picked the requisite forms at the PDP national headquarters. The party had last week also fixed nomination forms for N11 million comprising of N1 million for

Expression of Interest and N10 million for the main nomination form. Speaking shortly after picking the forms, Adeyeye expressed confidence that the party would recover the governorship seat, adding that he decided to pick the form in compliance with the directives of the party’s leadership, pledging to abide by the rules of the game. “I believe that if all the

PDP members in the interest of the people of the state, we all drop our differences and join hands to build the state, the PDP will recover the Government House,” Prince Adeyeye stated. He added: “Mu’azu told us there is no document in PDP that we are aspirants and so, he asked us to pick the form and express interest. “In an exam, unless you write the exam, you are

not a candidate. I am here to fulfil the aspirations of the party. I am now an aspirant as defined by the party chairman and the constitution of our great party.” Responding to questions whether he would abide if a consensus candidate emerged, he explained that he had always looked up to when all aspirants would shelve their aspirations and queue behind a particular aspirant.

People queuing to cast their vote in Vom ward during the Plateau State Local Government Elections yesterday.

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Tukur blasts Jonathan critics OBIORA IFOH ABUJA

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ormer National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, yesterday blasted President Goodluck Jonathan’s critics, saying they should criticise constructively. Tukur, who spoke when the Goodluck Support Group, GSG, visited him in his residence in Abuja, said if criticism does not change a given situation it is null and void.

“Criticism in itself is not bad but if we want to criticise, we should make it constructive. If your criticism does not offer anything, it is negative. You criticise because you want to make things better and if your criticism does not make things better it is null and void,” he said. Describing President Jonathan as the most criticised President in the history of Nigeria, Tukur insisted that as Nigerians, we should learn to support our leaders. He said that PDP is a

strong party, which translate to strong government and strong economy, even if the opposition says otherwise. His words: “Our party is the greatest in Africa. If you say you are a Nigerian you must support your leader and if you don’t, I doubt your originality. We should be strengthened to provide good governance. “This cannot be done without the support of people like you. We need to support our leader. No matter your religion, they will always tell you, pray

500 women-politicians decamped to APC in Ogun FEMI OYEWESO ABEOKUTA

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ife of Ogun State governor, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun yesterday charged the over 500 Nigerian women politicians, who decamped from their previous political parties to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to always support their husbands in order to guarantee an orderly society. Mrs. Amosun spoke in

Abeokuta, while receiving the over 500 women politicians from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and Peoples Party of Nigeria, PPN, in six local government areas of the state who decamped to the ruling APC. The governor’s wife emphasised that women’s roles in nation building have become part and parcel of governance; hence the new decampees must work for the progress of their respective homes, the state, Nigeria and

above all, their new party, towards ensuring victory for the party in future elections. The governor’s wife who expressed delight that her husband continued to keep his electioneering campaigns assured that he would never disappoint them. The state acting chairman of the APC, Alhaji Bello, while receiving those he described as ‘returnees,’ urged them to work for the victory of the party in future elections.

and support your leader.” Earlier, the deputy National Coordinator of GSG, Dr. Eddy Olafeso, said that Tukur’s maturity in his approach to issues has made Nigerians to be proud of him, adding that the way he took his resignation has help deepened democracy. Olafeso, who said that GSG has 3000 groups across the country, added that Tukur’s “sacrifice has not gone unnoticed.” He said that the events of the past that led to the death of many Nigerians in the previous election, were very painful, adding that “the only way such could be dealt with was through peaceful development and provision of employment.” Saying that the problem with the country predated President Jonathan, Olafeso stressed that the issue is not about insulting the President, adding that President Jonathan has done more in the past two and half years, especially in the area of power, compared to the 40 years of previous governments.


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Index gains 1.2% as banks rebound • Osun, Lotus Capital bag Sukuk deal award

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he benchmark index of equities rose further on the Nigerian Stock Exchange yesterday, as more investors took position on stocks. The All Share Index appreciated 1.17 per cent to close at 39,160.10 points, compared to the increase of 1.1 per cent recorded the preceding day to close at 38,707.14 points. Market capitalisation gained N145bn to close at N12.6trn, higher than the rise of N132bn recorded the preceding day to close at N12.4trn. Skye Bank Plc led the gainers’ table with 35 kobo or 10.14 per cent to close at N3.80 per share, followed

by FBN Holdings Plc with N1.22 or 9.70 per cent to close at N13.80 per share. UBA Plc appreciated 47 kobo or 6.46 per cent to close at N7.75 per share, while Red Star Express Plc was up 22 kobo or five per cent to close at N4.62 per share. Ecobank Transnational Incorporation was up 71 kobo or five per cent to close at N14.91 per share. On the downside, Unilever Plc shed N2.40 or five per cent to close at N45.60 per share, while Beta Glass Plc lost N1.01 or 4.95 per cent to close at N19.38 per share. Evans Medicals Plc declined 12 kobo or 4.90 per cent to close at N2.33 per share, while Oasis Insurance Plc depreciated three kobo or 4.62 per cent to

close at 62 kobo per share. UTC Plc was down two kobo or 3.45 per cent to close at 56 kobo per share. A total of 409.5 million shares valued at N4.42bn were traded in 5,841 deals. Meanwhile, the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has bagged the Islamic Financial News Deal of the Year Award in Dubai, United Arabs Emirates on Monday. A statement from the state’s government explained that it was an evening of honour for Osun and Lotus Capital, the issuing house that handled the Sukuk deal for the state as the Managing Director of IFN, Mr. Andrew Morgan, presented the award to the team from Nigeria. Morgan, who is also the Publisher of the Red-

Money Group, presented the award to the Nigerian team which comprised Osun Commissioner for Finance, Dr. Wale Bolorunduro, who represented Governor Aregbesola. Bolorunduro attributed the award to Governor Aregbesola’s penchant for exploring new ways to solve problems. “Kudos should go to Ogbeni Aregbesola for this award. His three years in office have shown that here is a man who stops at nothing to embrace novel ideas as long as those ideas further he interests of the common man. “The state has provided the platform for Lotus Capital to prove that this can be done. We are grateful for this recognition,” said Bolorunduro.

AMCON to sell Enterprise, Keystone banks this year JOHNSON OKANLAWON

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he Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) yesterday announced that two of the nationalised banks would be sold before the end of 2014. The banks are Enterprise Bank Limited and Mainstreet Bank Limited. Speaking at the Hallmark’s Public Policy Forum in Lagos, the Manag-

ing Director of AMCON, Mr. Mustafa Chike-Obi, said the banks would be sold in June and October respectively. He explained that the third bank, Keystone Bank Limited, would be the last to be sold because the process for the bank’s sale was slowed down by the resignation of its pioneer Managing Director. The AMCON boss had in February said that its initial guideline on selling of the banks may not be

concluded in 2014. Chike-Obi, who disclosed that its corporation was now the second largest shareholder in Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, coming behind a group of unnamed private investors, reiterated that the two banks would be sold this year. He added that 18 bidders had submitted offers for the sale of Enterprise Bank Limited and local investors were in the mix of bidders. AMCON was set up in

2010 to help resolve a banking crisis in Nigeria, triggered by reckless lending and a stock market collapse in 2008, prompting the central bank to spend $4bn rescuing nine lenders from near bankruptcy. AMCON issued N4trn worth of bonds in 2011 to recapitalise the banks and soak up their bad-debts. Chike-Obi said the bad ban retired N1.69trn worth of bonds in December 2013 with N3.8trn held by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

16% Africa revenue growth sustainable, says Standard Chartered

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tandard Chartered Plc has said that about 16 per cent annual increase in African revenue in the past five years is sustainable as the continent’s use of banking products rises amid surging economic growth The London-based bank, which has been operating in Africa for more than 150 years, has a presence in 15 sub-Saharan African nations after upgrading its representative office in Angola to a branch, Viswanathan Shankar, chief executive officer for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas said. According to him, the bank is considering entering markets in Mozambique and Ethiopia. “There is huge interest in Africa; it is a continent

of hope and of rising world interest,” Shankar said. “If you look at World Bank data seven of the top 10 fastestgrowing economies over the next 10 years are projected to be in Africa.” Banks including Citigroup Incorporation and Barclays Plc plan to expand in Africa as they seek growth opportunies amid slower-than-average economic growth in developed nations. Gross domestic product in sub-Saharan Africa will increase 6.1 per cent this year up from a projected 5.6 per cent in 2013, according to the International Monetary Fund. Investment will rise to 23.2 per cent of gross domestic product from 22.8 per cent last year, IMF forecasts show.

Standard Chartered was the biggest arranger of syndicated loans in sub-Saharan Africa in 2013, ahead of Standard Bank Group Limited, Barclays and BNP Paribas SA, helping its clients borrow $1.96bn, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The deals included raising $3.25bn in a seven-year term-loan for Dangote Industries Limited and $1.99bn in three- and fiveyear financing for Aspen Global Incorporation, a Mauritius-based company with interests in medical products. “If you look at some of the major transactions that have happened in Africa over the last several years in the infrastructure sector, or the consumer sector, gas or whatever else,

Standard Chartered would have played a role,” Shankar said. “On the wholesale banking side, it is about connecting Africa to the world” for trade and investments while the bank also has a solid consumer-banking presence, he said. Standard Chartered’s operating profit from Africa grew 9.8 per cent in the first half of 2013 to $357m, while revenue climbed 16 per cent to $853m, making up 8.7 per cent of overall income. Growth in Africa will be led by Nigeria, Ghana, which has a history of good economic and political governance, Kenya and Angola and the increasing use of financial products like bonds, loans and mortgages, Shankar said.

Source: NSE

Source: FMDA

Market indicators All-Share Index 39,160.10 points Market capitalisation 13.07 trillion

Stock Updates GAINERS COMPANY

OPENING

CLOSING

CHANGE

SKYEBANK

3.45

3.80

0.35

% CHANGE 10.14

FBNH

12.58

13.80

1.22

9.70

UBA

7.28

7.75

0.47

6.46

REDSTAREX

4.40

4.62

0.22

5.00

ETI

14.20

14.91

0.71

5.00

ETERNA

3.80

3.80

0.19

5.00

INTENEGINS

0.60

0.63

0.03

5.00

CCNN

8.25

8.66

0.41

4.97

FIDSON

2.83

2.97

0.14

4.95

HONYFLOUR

3.64

3.82

0.18

4.96

LOSERS COMPANY

OPENING

CHANGE

% CHANGE

UNILEVER

48.00

CLOSING 45.60

-2.40

-5.00

BETAGLAS

20.39

19.38

-1.01

-4.95

EVANSMED

2.45

2.33

-0.12

-4.90

OASISINS

0.65

0.62

-0.03

-4.62

UTC

0.58

0.56

-0.02

-3.45

IPWA

0.58

0.56

-0.02

-3.45

ROYALEX

0.60

0.58

-0.02

-3.33

STERLNBANK

2.27

2.20

-0.07

-3.08

IKEJAHOTEL

0.69

0.67

-0.02

-2.90

PZ

39.12

38.00

-1.12

-2.86

Primary Market Auction TENOR

AMOUNT (N’mn)

RATE (%)

DATE

91-Day

22,057.31

11.50

07-Nov-13

182-Day

30,000.00

11.59

07-Nov-13

182-Day

47,786.39

13.05

07-Nov-13

Open Market Operations TENOR

AMOUNT (N’mn)

RATE (%)

DATE

178-Day

86,709.13

12.35

07-Nov-13

175-Day

95,368.69

12.35

07-Nov-13

-

-

-

-

Wholesale Dutch Auction System AMOUNT OFFERED

MARKET DEMAND

AMOUNT SOLD

DATE

$350m

N/A

$343m

04-Nov-13

$400m

N/A

$399m

30-Oct-13


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‘Our challenge is to ensure new power Engr. Peter Ewesor is the managing Director of the Electricity Management Services Limited, EMSL, the last of the successor companies created from the Electricity Power Sector Reform, EPSR Act, 2005. In this interview with CHIDI UGWU, speaks on the activities of the agency, among other issues in the power sector, Excerpt: Electricity Management Services Limited, EMSL, is the last of the successor companies created from the Electricity Power Sector Reform ,EPSR, Act, 2005. What is the core mandate of EMSL? EMSL’s mandate includes to ensure that electrical materials/equipment/instruments used in the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry are of the right quality, standards and specifications; the power systems and networks put in place have been properly planned, designed and executed before use to ensure that such systems are capable of delivering safe, reliable and regular electricity supply to the consumers nationwide; and the safety of lives and property within the grid and off-grid networks or systems are guaranteed. We are mandated to ensure that electric meters and instruments are of the right type/quality, class and accuracy for proper accountability of energy produced, delivered, supplied and utilized by the consumers and also promote measures for advancing the skill and expertise of electrical and other technical personnel engaged in the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry. Our job also include to provide other professional technical services for commercial opportunities in the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry, including research and development; electricity information management systems; renewable energy services; specialized healthcare services in the industry, etc. With this mandate, it means the agency’s responsibilities requires engineering and chemical laboratories, storage system, transformer repair workshop, information processor, testing and certification of all electrical materials and equipment, power systems and networks and electrical installations. Are these in place for effective operation of the agency? Yes. EMSL is already utilizing existing state of the art facilities for executing these ascribed functions. The test equipment, instruments and materials required to perform the necessary functions, duties and activities of EMSL mandate are already in existence including Meter Test Stations at Oshodi, Port Harcourt and Kaduna; and engineering and chemical labs at Ijora. It may interest you to know also that EMSL inherited all the test equipment, instruments, materials, and logistics, including the technical man-power (engineers, technical offices, and technicians for carrying out its test, inspection and certification activities of EISD of the Federal Ministry of Power. We inherited the existing 15 zonal field offices of the Electrical Inspectorate Services Department of the Federal Ministry of Power for effective coverage. Attached is the list of zonal field offices and their areas coverage. Calibration and certification of all electri-

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cal meters, instruments, and metering has become an issue which the new owners of the DISCO’s should take seriously to ensure accurate recovery of funds through effective billing system. To what extent have you gone with the DISCOs with regard to metering all customers? The Meter Testing Stations located in Port Harcourt, Kaduna and Oshodi are well positioned with state of the art test equipment to test, calibrate and certify all electric meters and instruments for quality,

reliability, accuracy, etc., as specified by the metering code to ensure proper energy accountability, before they can be deployed in the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry. In this regard, there is increase in activities going on now in all the meter test stations. Over ten thousand meters have been tested in the last three months. Also in the same period, some meters found defective have been rejected. What challenges does your agency

THE METER TESTING STATIONS LOCATED IN PORT HARCOURT, KADUNA AND OSHODI ARE WELL POSITIONED WITH STATE OF THE ART TEST EQUIPMENT TO TEST, CALIBRATE AND CERTIFY ALL ELECTRIC METERS AND INSTRUMENTS FOR QUALITY, RELIABILITY AND ACCURACY

encounter, especially in the postprivatisation era? The immediate challenge will be how to tackle the new investors to comply with the relevant codes and regulations to ensure that they use the right quality materials/ equipment for building new networks, and at the same time ensure that existing networks are brought into good shape and level that they can deliver safe and reliable electricity to consumers, and also ensure safety of lives and property in the industry. There are other challenges but we’ll be dealing with them as they come because such challenges are not likely to show up at once. As they come, we have the machinery and capacity to deal with them. There is a notion that the new owners will want to maximize profits by importing substandard materials in the networks, and putting substandard networks into use. Since inception, have you come across any substandard materials in the industry? Yes. Our zonal field inspection engineers


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sector investors build quality networks’ competence and expertise to enforce and ensure compliance of the regulations. EMSL and NERC should be collaborators.

and officers have regularly discovered undersized conductors, cables, underrated feeder pillars, etc. during their normal technical inspections, testing and certification of networks. The contractors/owners of such premises (installations, networks/ systems) have been made to change such, and replaced them with good quality ones when discovered before such installations are approved for use.

NERC recently advertised for consultants to carry out inspection and testing functions. What is EMSL’s opinion of this? Yes. NERC has advertised for consultants but this has no effect on EMSL’s roles and responsibilities of technical inspection, testing and certification in the NESI, as Section 95 only authorizes NERC to appoint persons employed by it as inspectors or police officers to check the breach of the Act, and especially in the areas of the terms and conditions of the agreements signed between NERC and the licensees. This section does not ascribe to NERC the roles, responsibilities and functions of technical inspections, testing and certification of electrical equipments, materials, networks and systems to ensure their stability to deliver safe and reliable power supply to Nigerians, and at the same time, guarantee safety of lives and property in the industry.

To what extent do you think the activities of your agency would reduce electrical accidents in the country? It is obvious that once we carry out effective technical inspections, testing and certification to ensure that the right quality of electrical materials and equipment are used for building power systems, transmission, distribution networks and utilization, then the risks of electrical accidents will be drastically reduced in the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry. EMSL will not only restrict our work to new projects but we will also be doing constant monitoring and evaluation of the existing systems and networks to ascertain their continued compliance, and any where a network or a system is found to be in a state of disrepair that poses risk to the public or to the personnel in the industry, we will direct the appropriate utility company to rectify such defects in the installations/networks under reference. Ewesor

With your experience in the industry, do you think the new investors are capable of making the needed investments to improve electricity supply in the country? Of course, yes. If they were not capable, they would not have ventured into the business. The only thing is that they may not be able to invest as quickly as they should have invested in ensuring that they meet the terms and agreements entered into by them. In this regard, Government has put appropriate machineries in place to ensure that they do exactly what the agreement states. If they default on the agreement, the returns on their investments may not actually be worthwhile for them. Does your mandate cover alternative energy sources, and if it does, what is your assessment of the newly launched Operation Light-up Rural Nigeria, which makes use of off-grid energy sources like solar energy? Our mandate is to ensure delivery of safe and quality service, reliability of power supply, and safety of the lives and property in the industry, irrespective of the sources of energy. The Operation Light-up Rural Nigeria programme is to provide electricity for the rural areas using alternative sources of energy. The same conditions that apply to conventional electricity infrastructure or facilities are also applicable to renewable energy infrastructure/facilities, in terms of safety of lives and property. Alternative sources of energy can still cause harm and danger like conventional electricity sources if not properly planned and executed. Therefore, EMSL will inspect, test and certify all Operation Light-

up Rural Nigeria projects to ensure safety and reliable power supply to rural communities. EMS will monitor such Operation Lightup Rural Nigeria installations to ensure that they meet the requirements, specifications and standards in the industry. For example, some of the structures and poles that will be carrying the panels, controllers, chargers and every other component must are metallic. Therefore, it must be ensured they are properly earthed, as demanded by regulation for safety. This will prevent any harm to persons touching the metallic pole, and will not cause any hazard. It appears the mandate of EMSL is related to that of the Standards Organization of Nigeria ,SON. Do you work hand-in-hand with SON or rather do your mandates clash in any way? Our mandate is not in conflict with SON because SON is the umbrella body charged with the responsibility of providing standards for all products either imported into or manufactured in the country. Each sector has a specialized agency of government that ensures that these standards and specifications meet the requirements of that particular industry. This is one of the reasons why EMSL has been set up to ensure that testing and certification of all electrical installations are safe and that the equipment and metering used in the industry are of the right specification and quality, specific to the power sector. EMSL will form a strong collaboration with SON, and in this regard, will ensure that most of the major electrical & power suppliers and manufacturers of components of power systems, like electric poles first acquired SON’s MAN CAP for their products before EMSL will certify their

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OPERATION LIGHTUP RURAL NIGERIA PROJECTS TO ENSURE SAFETY AND RELIABLE POWER SUPPLY TO RURAL COMMUNITIES electrical materials and equipment for use in the NESI. How do you sanction erring companies? There are rules and regulations under the electricity supply and electrical installation regulations on how companies are to be sanctioned for non-compliance. If it becomes necessary, EMSL may use the law enforcement agencies to enforce certain penalties and sanctions which may not be easy to enforce when you want a company to comply. What is your relationship with the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC? NERC is the regulator of the power sector. They are to create the enabling environment for all the players and operators in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI). They are to create the necessary codes and regulations, and allow other agency-EMSL of government with core

Some argue that EMSL replaced the defunct PHCN. How true is this? This is completely untrue. EMSL was not even part of the companies that were unbundled from PHCN. It is a newly established entity in accordance with the EPSR Act of 2005 to close up the technical gaps identified in the privatized electricity industry. What is your general assessment of the transformational agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan, especially with regard to the power sector? Fantastic! I have not seen any administration that has done as much as this presents one under the leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan. He had made a promise that by 2020 Nigeria will be one of the top 20 economies in the world, and he has vigorously pursued this by seeing the privatization through to a successful and logical conclusion by handing over the successor companies to the new owners on November 1st, 2013. Also, he has given the new owners all the necessary support realizing the enormous investments that are required. Recently, Mr. President organized a forum in the state house for finding ways of helping the new investors get international and local funding. I don’t think there is any other way one can describe his magnanimity to the industry. In fact, people say that this privatization that has been done in Nigeria has never happened anywhere else in the world. The only thing we now need to do is to ensure that all agents of government continue to do their bit and support all the directives he has given to ensure that we get to the Promised Land of giving Nigerians safe and reliable power supply. I believe Mr. President is not relenting in ensuring that the sector continues to move towards the goal of having uninterrupted power supply 24/7. To Mr. President and to all of us in the power sector, this is not negotiable.


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Octogenarians demand compensation for burnt house AISHA TITILAYO

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he octogenarian victims of the fire incident that destroyed their one-storey house at the Ademuyiwa family compound in Abeokuta, Ogun State have cried out over the non-payment of compensation and even reconstruction of the building, even as they accused the police of trying to hide

the truth. One of the victims, Mr. Salisu Ademuyiwa, accused the Ogun State police and state government of neglecting them, two years after thefamily house was burnt down following activities of demonstrators against the fuel subsidy protest of January 2012. They are therefore calling on Governor Ibikunle Amosun to wade into the matter. According to Ademuyiwa, they lost all their

properties to the fire that razed down the house during the protest, even as their situation continues to be very dire. According to him, all the victims including his elder brother, wife, grandchildren and others are now taking refuge in a rented apartment. It would be noted that the government road expansion had already affected part of the building before it was finally burnt down by teargas canisters

thrown by the police to disperse the anti-fuel subsidy protesters. “It hurts that the police are denying that they are not responsible for the fire incident when we have all evidence to show it was their teargas canisters that caused it. It will be unfair and a grave injustice if they think they can deny us compensation or allow the case to drag on for long”, he said. Narrating his ordeal,

People with petrol filled jerry-cans as scarcity hits Abuja yesterday.

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Family petitions IGP over land grabbers BABALOLA YUSUF

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he Onosa family of Odo-Onosa community in IkosiEjirin of Lagso State has petitioned the Inspector General of Police,IGP, Muhammed Abubarkar accusing the state Police Command of bias in the land dispute between it and some land grabbers. According to a petition signed on its behalf by Baale of Orile Odo Onosa, Chief Jimoh Balogun, the family said the hoodlums who attacked their community to grab their lands were emboldened by the assurance and protection of the police. Jimoh said, “The hoodlums invaded our community and caused mayhem”.

The family also petitioned the Lagos House of Assembly accusing the hoodlums and their cronies of selling lands belonging to the family, even as they sold off large portions of land spanning six villages and threatening to unleash mayhem on some family members. In the petition to the IGP titled “ Conspiracy, unlawful possession of fire arms and conduct likely to cause a breach of peace against Funke Bello, Victor Kokumo, Adenike Bisiriyu, Kamoru Lamina,Wasiu Ewelamo, Abayomi Current and others, signed by the Baale of Orile Odo Onosa, Chief Jimoh Balogun, the family enjoined the IGP to not only investigate the activities of thehoodlums , but

to also bring the perpetrators to justice. Decrying the destruction of properties and breakdown of law and order spearheaded by the aforementioned suspects, the family recalled that hell was let loose in January, 2014 when the suspects and their accomplices invaded the community, shooting, burning and looting, after which they moved into the family land and felled economic trees valued at N50million. It said the family reported the invasion at Agbowa Police Division, leading to the arrest of some of the suspects who were later moved to the state CID, Panti, where they were released on bail under suspicious circumstances.

Earlier in January, 2014, members of the royal family had gone to the Lagos House of Assembly where they presented a protest letter of protest the family lawyer, Ogunjimi Oluseyi Olaniyi of the Trite Law Partners. The letter reads in part “...recently without the consent of the various heads of each of the family, (six in number), as well as principal members, the following persons; Mr. Jibowu Fabio, Mr. Anafi Fabio, Mr. Adewale Oduntan Ogunja, Mr. Adewale Ogunniyi and Mr. Nosiru Ajagbe and their cohorts engaged three land grabbers... and jumped into our client’s land thereby surveying and selling same without the consent and/or authority of our clients.”

Pa Salisu Ademuyiwa said that one of the canisters fired by the police strayed into the building’s upper sitting room through the window causing a huge explosion and fire that gutted the house. “We are still keeping the canister till this day. It was God who saved my brother as he was asleep in his bedroom when the fire started. Many neighbours thought the police fired a bullet into the house,” he lamented. Pa Ademuyiwa said that after the incident, the family filled out compensation forms and has been waiting,even as nothing has been heard from the government. “Some months ago, the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, was reported to have given out planks and roofing sheets and the question is do they put them on a completely burnt building”? He added that since the family house was burnt down, they have been suf-

fering financially and emotionally. “We want the family to be compensated,” he said. His elder brother, Pa Lasisi Ademuyiwa also confirmed the story. Another victim, Mrs. Musili Lasisi said: “I was doing laundry in front of the house while my husband was sleeping in one of the rooms. We could not go out due to the nationwide strike called by the Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union congress, and civil society groups. Before we knew what was happening, our building was engulfed in flames from tear gas canisters fired by the police to disperse the protesting crowd.” Prior to the disaster, they lived in the onestorey building at No 75, Owu/NTA junction, Totoro-Abeokuta. The octogenarians lost all their earnings and property in the inferno. According to them, the property is their only source of livelihood.

Imo to relocate artisans to new site CHRIS NJOKU OWERRI

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he Imo State Government has started the relocation of plant and heavy equipment including technicians to the Naze Industrial Cluster. Conducting a team of government officials and representatives of technicians round the site, the consultant on the cluster, Dr. Richard Amonu said that basic infrastructural facilities like access roads, electricity and water will be provided in due course, stressing that five hectares of land have been earmarked for the first phase. Amonu disclosed that a prototype structure has been designed incorporating workshop, stores, office and

conveniences to serve as model for the technicians. The Commissioner for Industry and supervising Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Ugochi Nnanna-Okoro, represented by the Director of Industry, Mr. Kenneth Metu said the government would ensure that all plants and heavy equipment move into the approved site without further delay and warned that enforcement of the re-location order will commence soon. Speaking on behalf of the technicians, the chairman of the steering committee, Pastor Remy Eleleonu expressed gratitude to the government for the conducive environment and assured of their readiness to immediately commence the re-location process.


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Four suspects arrested for rape in Kogi WALE IBRAHIM LOKOJA

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he Kogi State Police Command has arrested four suspects for allegedly raping an 18 year old girl.

The Commissioner of Police,Mr. Seidu Madawaki disclosed this while parading the rapists and 12 other suspected armed robbers. He said that one Ezena Ginika of No 11 Mission Street, Ankpa reported

that while returning from an errand five men abducted and took her to an unknown location in the bush. Makadawaki said that two of the rapists took away the girl’s hand set while three of them

raped her, even as they took pictures of the act and posted them on the internet. The police boss stated two of three rapists have been arrested and will be arraigned in court. Others paraded are

Isah Mustapha, Idoko Adamu, Adamu Ojodale Ebiloma, Ayegbe Achor and Yunusa Musa, Shaibu Jimoh, Abdulrasheed Ganiyu for criminal conspiracies and armed robbery. Speaking with

journalists, Bala Musa and Farouk admitted raping the 18 year old girl after collecting her phone. Faruok also confessed taking photos with his handset but did not post them on the internet.

Land: Court strikes out suit against monarch WALE IGBINTADE

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L-R: The Apena of Lagos, Chief Oyemola Ogundara-Awise; Representative of Senator Oluremi Tinubu/Chairman, Yaba Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Mr. Jide Jimoh; his counterparts from Lagos Island Local Government Council, Mr. Wasiu Esinlokun-Sanni and Lagos Island East LCDA, Mr Kamar Salau Basua, at a meeting with the baales, in Lagos recently.

Imo to sack secretaries caught for fraud CHRIS NJOKU OWERRI

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xecutive Secretaries of Community Government Councils, CGC, in Imo State caught for corrupt practices will be sacked. The Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Beatrice Uwandu Uzoma who represented the Commissioner for Community Government, Culture and Traditional Affairs,

Chief Val. Mbamala gave the warning in her office, at a meeting with Secretaries from Okigwe zone. Mrs.Uzoma who frowned at reports on the unorthodox methods the officers were handling public funds accruing to the communities from the state, directed them to forward the detailed statements of accounts of their respective councils within a week, warning that anyone fail-

ing to comply will face disciplinary action. She enjoined them to take the mid-day prayers introduced by the government seriously and to carry every member of the council along, in order to actualise the essence for which Governor Okorocha established it. Uzoma also warned staff in the 637 autonomous communities, that she would no longer toler-

ate absenteeism, lateness to work and unauthorised swapping of postings, adding that the ministry will soon embark on unscheduled monitoring to checkmate their activities. Responding, the state coordinator of the executive secretaries, Comrade Reginald Ononibaku, thanked the permanent secretary and assured of their commitment to duty.

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he border town of Arepo in Ogun State, will on March 2, 2014, honour indigenes that have contributed to its growth and development. The award is a community development initiative of The Hub-Urban News Magazine. Speaking to journal-

ists, the publisher of the community-based news magazine, Mr. AwosanyaAdefajo Yemi, said “we are taking a different stride, by organising the Arepo Community Development Awards. The ACDA was inspired to celebrate collective and individual efforts, and also serve as a catalyst to bring to the

fore a journey towards restoring the community.” He said: “Communities are the fragments of our society, and we believe that by encouraging them we, will be making giant strides towards building our state, and nation, at large. The ACDA is the first of its kind, and is geared at the transforma-

tion of Arepo, which will be a project between the public and private sectors.” Prominent among the awardees are, the Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, the NNPC/GMD, Olu of Arepo, Obafemi Owode and captains of industries, amongst others.

Lagos High Court Judge, Justice Morenike Obadina has struck out a suit filed by the Adeshiba Ayeloja Adedewe family seeking to stop the Ojora of Ojora, Oba Fatai Aromire from demolishing houses on an area of land measuring 1, 324 hectares situated in Awori, Badagry Area of Lagos State. The Supreme Court had in its judgment delivered by Justice Gorge Oguntade (rtd) affirmed the judgment of a Lagos High Court in suit No LD/562/72 delivered on December 13, 2000 and affirmed by the Appeal Court in suit No CA/L/86/2001 delivered on November 18, 2004. But, the claimants in an application brought through their lawyer, Chief Segun Raji urged the court to set aside the judgment granted the 1st and 2nd defendants in suit No- LD/562/72 alleging that the said judgement was obtained by fraud. Ruling on the application, Justice Obadina held that the claimants cannot claim to be unaware of the suit throughout its duration. Besides, Justice Obadina held that the family cannot also claim not to be aware of the suit, adding that there were several newspaper publications covering proceedings of the court. Meanwhile, the claimants have vowed to appeal insisting that the Ojora family obtained judgment by allegedly presenting false documents. The claimant in the 92page statement of claim

had averred that the land in dispute exclusively belonged to their great grandfather, Adeshiba Ayeloja Adedewe over 500 years ago. The claimants Shehu Adedewe, Nureni Adedewe and Morufu Adedewe on behalf of themselves and the family, are also asking for an order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendants from selling, allotting, destroying or building any structure on the land in dispute. Other defendants in the suit are the Odofin of Ojora land, Chief Fatai Sulaiman, the Attorney General, Lagos, the Surveyor General, Lagos State, Lagos State Physical Planning, Surveyor General of the Federation, the Inspector General of Police and Commissioner of Police, Lagos State respectively. They further averred that their great grandfather had been in possession of the land before the Lagos Colony was divided into three. According to the claimant, it is crystal clear from history contained in intelligent report from an interview granted in Lagos by the Oluwa Onitana, the Olumegbon elders and other elders of the Iga Idunganran in 1934 that the Awori people, such as the claimants’ ancestors, did not come to Lagos Chiefs until the time of Oba Ado. They prayed the court for an order of perpetual injunction restraining the claimants whether by themselves, servants, agent or privies from further trespassing or attempting to exercise proprietary rights over the land.


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Case against man who texted photo of his tattooed genitals dismissed

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man accused of texting an unsolicited picture of his tattooed genitals to a married mother of young children did not commit a crime under a Georgia state nudity law, the state’s Supreme Court ruled on Monday. Charles Lee Warren faced up to three years in prison after being indicted under a 1970 Georgia law that makes it illegal to send unsolicited nude photographs by mail without a proper warning on the outside of the envelope. Prosecutors said he texted the picture of his tattooed penis in October 2012 to a woman who then complained to police. According to prosecutors, Warren’s genitals were tattooed with the phrase, “STRONG E nuf 4 A MAN BUT Made 4 A WOMAN.” The Georgia Supreme Court said the state law did not cover pho-

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tos sent electronically through a cell phone text message, and justices dismissed the criminal charge in a unanimous decision. Legislation proposed last year to amend the law to include pictures transmitted electronically did not pass, according to Georgia General Assembly records. The state has no other law governing these types of cases, said Lauren Kane, spokeswoman for Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens. “We respectfully accept the decision of the Georgia Supreme Court,” Cherokee County District Attorney Shannon Wallace, whose office prosecuted the texting case, said in a statement. The defendant’s attorney, Donald Roch, also challenged the law on the ground that it violated his client’s First Amendment guarantee of free speech, but the court did not address that constitutional issue.

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his is sort of what goes around comes around,” Attorney Paul Petruzzi told the Sun Sentinel. Petruzzi is Patrick Coulton’s current lawyer who helped his client recoup $275,000 that was taken from him by his former lawyers. In March 2008, Coulton was arrested on federal drug and money-laundering charges for smuggling cocaine and marijuana. With representation by attorneys Emmanuel Roy and Peter Mayas, Coulton admitted guilt and was sentenced to 14 years in prison under a plea agreement that prosecutors would recommend a reduced sentence. However, the two lawyers never contacted their client again. When prosecutors tried to contact Roy and Mayas to reduce Coulton’s sentence, his lawyers did not respond. “They had no intention of serving my interests. They were more or less lining their pockets in the process rather than defending me and they would just go to trial, get me sentenced, and then after that they dropped

me as a client. And I wasn’t able to talk to them after that,” Coulton told the paper. Paul Petruzzi was then referred to Coulton and he took over the case despite knowing that his family was unable to afford his services because of the deep financial debt to Roy and Mayas. After getting Mr. Coulton’s sentence reduced by half he looked further into Coulton’s situation and found that his former lawyers had been overcharging him by hundreds of thou-

sands of dollars. Petruzzi found that, “They used their profession and their education as a license to steal.” Coulton was charged $275,000 for services that Petruzzi estimated should have cost less than $50,000. Roy and Mayas reportedly took Coulton’s townhome, tens of thousands of dollars in cash and jewelry, and a Porsche Cayenne. They even charged him for Roy and his wife to fly to England to seize the $23,000 wedding and engagement ring of his wife at the

Peter Mayas’ former home that was awarded to Patrick Coulton.

time. After several years of investigative court hearings, U.S. Magistrate Judge William Turnoff ruled that Roy and Mayas were not qualified or legally permitted to practice in federal court in South Florida and they took cash and property from Coulton for minimal work. The Sun Sentinel reported that Judge Turnoff wrote, “Roy’s and Mayas’ conduct was ‘disgusting, abhorrent’ and the ‘most outrageous’ he’d seen in 25 years on the bench.”

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AMULUE: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Amulue Ugonnaya Rosemary, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Aleke Ugonnaya Rosemary. All former documents remain valiid public note.

FAMILY CHANGE OF NAME We are formerly known and addressed as Mr. Emeka Okonkwo, Mrs, Obioma Maryann Okonkwo, Matheus Stive Bento Okonkwo, William Odinakachukwu Okonkwo and Samuel Hugo Okonkwo as our family surname now wish to be known and addressed as Mr. Emeka Joseph, Mrs, Obioma Maryann Joseph, Matheus Stive Bento Joseph, William Odinakachukwu Joseph and Samuel Hugo Joseph. All former documents remain valid. Immigration Offices Nigeria, Brazil, Venezuela, University of Lagos, Nigeria and general public please take note.

LOSS OF DOCUMENT

The Approved Plan issued at Rural And Urban Planning Development Scheme, Abesan Alimosho, Lagos State in respect of the house situated at No. 3, Animashaun Street, off Adexson Bus-stop, Lasu Road, Lagos State belonging to Mr. Augustine Umuteme is missing, all efforts to trace it proved abortive. If found please return to Mr. Augustine Umuteme of No. 3, Animashaun Street, off Adexson Busstop, Lasu Road, Lagos.

PUBLIC NOTICE OBALERI CHERUBIM & SERAPHIM CHURCH WORLDWIDE

This is to inform the General public that the named Association has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for Registration under PART C of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2004.

THE TRUSTEES ARE:

1. Senior Superintendent Apostle Prophet Samuel Olukokun Akinlabi - Supreme Head Minister-In-Charge Worldwide. 2.Superintendent Apostle Michael Atanrawo Taiwo 3.Prophet Samuel Olanrewaju 4.Superintendent Apostle Joseph Moses Kolawole 5.Leader James Taiwo 6.Mother In Israel Deborah Ariyo Akinlabi 7.Baba-Ijo Akinyemi Johnson 8.Rabbi Afolabi Moses 9.General Apostolic Mother Mary Oduntan Kolawole

THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Any objection to the Registration should be forwarded to the RegistrarGeneral, Corporate Affairs Commission, Wuze, Zone 5, Abuja within 28 days of this publication.

SIGNED: FIRST BETHEL SOLICITORS, AGO TAYLOR IBADAN.

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ETUNMU: Formerly known and addressed as Miss. Judith Etumnu, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs. Judith Nathaniel William. All former documents remain valid. University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) and the General public should take note.

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MARCUS: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Marcus Precious Nkechi, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Ujoatuonu Precious Nkechi. All former documents remain valid. General public should take note.

CHANGE OF NAME OLOJEDE: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Olojede Kehinde, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs.Popoola Kehinde. All former documents remain valid. General public take note. CHANGE OF NAME

ASOGBA: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Asogba Esther Oluwakemi, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Vinabrede Esther Oluwakemi. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.

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FALAYE: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Falaye Opeoluwa Seun, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Babatope Opeoluwa Seun. All former documents remain valid, Osun State College of Technology, Esa-Oke and general public should please take note.

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FUNMILAYO: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Funmilayo Ifetayo Bosede, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Olawuyi Ifetayo Bosede. All former documents remain valid. Federal Medical Centre Ido Ekiti, MDCN. and general public take note

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DJOGBEFIA: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Janet Rachael Djogbefia, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Janet Rachael Etanuwoma. All former documents remain valid. General public take note

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OGUNLEYE: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Ogunleye Kemi Grace, now wish to be known and addreessed as Mrs Adekolu Oluwakemisola Grace, All former documents remain valid. General public take note.

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OBAFAIYE:Formerly known and addressed as Miss Obafaiye Oluwatunmise Bosede, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Olorelowuwa Oluwatunmise Temitope. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.

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IHEANOCHO: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Joy Obiageri Iheanocho, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Joy Obiageri Ahuekwe. All former documents remain valid. Ministry Of Education, ASUBEB and general public should take note.

PUBLIC NOTICE LARGER THAN I DEVELOPMENTAL FOUNDATION

This is to inform the General public that the named Foundation has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for Registration under PART C of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2004.

THE TRUSTEES ARE:

1. Pst. Mrs) Elizabeth Olukemi Ogiemudia - President 2. Dr. (Mrs) Christine Umanu Gabriel-Brisibe - Vice President 3. Deacon Izontimi Otuogha - Secretary 4. Miss Joanna Funmilayo Osamuede Ogiemudia - Treasurer 5. Rev Emmanuel Osarewenda - Member THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. To create awareness on the handling and care of challenged persons in the society 2. To reach out to mentally and physically challenged persons, including less privileged children Any objection to the Registration should be forwarded to the RegistrarGeneral, Corporate Affairs Commission, Wuze, Zone 5, Abuja within 28 days of this publication. SIGNED: PST. (MRS) ELIZABETH OLUKEMI OGIEMUDIA ( CHAIRMAN)

PUBLIC NOTICE FOOTIE AFICIONADOS CLUB

This is to inform the General Public that the above named CLUB has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for registration under Part C of the Company and Allied Matters Act 1990.

THE TRUSTEES ARE:

1. Mr. Emeka Opara - Chairman 2. Mr. Adeniji Stephen Olayiwola - Secretary 3. Mr. Ajayi Olawale 4. Mr. Adeniyi Temitope Aladesulu 5. Mr. Aderemi Adewale THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To provide its members the means of social intercourse, mutual helpfulness, mental and moral improvement, embark on charitable activities and rational recreation. Any objection to the registration should be forwarded to the Registrar General,Corporate Affairs Commission,Plot 420 Tigris Crescent, Aguiyi Ironsi Street,Maitama,Abuja within 28 days of this publication.

SIGNED BY: ADENIJI STEPHEN OLAYIWOLA

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CHANGE OF NAME

AJAJA: Formerly known and addressed as Mrs Ajaja Janet Orewande, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Abiola Janet Orewande. All former documents remain valid. Authorities concern and general public take note

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AKINDELE: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Akindele Aishat Adejoke, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Sodiya Aishat Adejoke. All former documents remain valid. Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta and general public take note.

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KUWAKANU: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Kuwakanu Sonayon Feyishara, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs. Obodoeke Sonayon Feyishara. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.

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OLAJIDE: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Olajide Moradeke Busola, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Benson Moradeke Busola. All former documents remain valid. Federal Medical Centre Ido Ekiti and general public take note CONFIRMATION OF NAME

This is to confirm that I, Oladipupo Okejipapo is the same person as Abe Stephen. All former documents remain valid, Ondo State Agricultural Development Project and general public should please take note

DECLARATION OF AGE

I, Miss Ajayi Adesola confirmed/ declare that I was born on the 10th day of June, 1988 at Agbowa-Ikosi in Ikosi Ejinrin Local Government Area of Lagos State. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note.

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AJUAGU: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Ajuagu Chikaodili Loveline, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Okoro Chikaodili Loveline. All former documents remain valid. General public take note

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OGBONNAYA: Formerly known and addressed as Ogbonnaya Ada Joyce, now wish to be known and addressed as Uchenwa Ada Joyce. All former documents remain valid. General public should take note.

CHANGE OF NAME AMINU: Formerly known andf addressed as Hafsat Hussainu Aminu, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs. Hafsat Hussein Audu. All former documents remain valid. General public take note. CHANGE OF NAME

AKINSANMI: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Akinsanmi Mobolaji Oluwaseun, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Shobisi Mobolaji Oluwaseun. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.

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ABUMOYE: Formerly Known as Miss Abumoye Abimbola Funlayo, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs. Awe Abimbola Funmilayo. All former documents remain valid. General Public Take Note.

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ADEYEMI: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Adeyemi Omowumi Damiana, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Ogunsanya Omowumi Damiana. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.

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BISIRIYU: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Bisiriyu Yetunde Oluwakemi, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Omosanya Yetunde Oluwakemi.. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.

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OTUNUYA: Formerly known and addressed as Miss. Perpetual Otunuya, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs. Perpetual Osanmor. All former documents remain valid. School of Midwifery Sapele, Delta State and the general public please take note.

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EMEKA: Formerly known and addressed as Epunam Chukwuemeka Emmanuel, now wish to be known and addressed as Epunam Rev. Emeka. All former documents remain valid. Immigration, embassies, banks and gneral public take note.

CHANGE OF NAME

JOHN: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Doris Oluomachi John, now wish to be known, called and addressed as Mrs Eneogwe Doris Aguwamba. All former documents remain valid. Abia State Polytechnic, Aba and general public take note.

PUBLIC NOTICE THE INTEGRITY PROGRESSIVE ELITE CLUB OF OYO STATE, NIGERIA

This is to inform the General Public that the above named CLUB has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for registration under Part C of the Company and Allied Matters Act 1990.

THE TRUSTEES ARE:

1. Akeem Ayobami Ajuwon 2. Rasaq Olufemi Wahab 3. Taofeek Aderemi Adeyinka 4. Wasiu Akinwunmi Gbadamosi 5. Adetokunbo Basiru Bello 6. Alhaji Muiliyuyh Abiodun Lawal 7. Raseedat Temilola Busari THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To foster unity among members Any objection to the registration should be forwarded to the Registrar General,Corporate Affairs Commission,Plot 420 Tigris Crescent, Aguiyi Ironsi Street,Maitama,Abuja within 28 days of this publication.

SIGNED: THE TRUSTEES

PUBLIC NOTICE SAMUEL NDAKWE FOUNDATION

This is to inform the general public thatt the above named Foundation has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for registration under part C of the companies and allied Matters Act 1990

THE TRUSTEES ARE:

1. Mr Ebipade Richman Samuel - Chairman 2. Mercy Samuel - Secretary 3. Miss Mercy Bulo-Ere Samuel - Member 4. Mr Okuboebi Samuel Ndakwe - Member 5. Mr. Peter Oyindenyifa - Member THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. To care and provide for the less privileged and destitute 2. To engage in poverty alleviation and intervention programmes 3. To encourage individual and corporate social responsibilities development and managing such initiatives.

Any Objection to the registration should be forwarded to the Registral General, Corporate Affiars Commission Plot 420 Tigris Crecent off Aguiyi Ironsi way, Maitama Abuja within 28 days of this publication.

SIGNED:MR EBIPADE RICHMAN SAMUEL – CHAIRMAN


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World News “Spain was a drag on Europe, now it is part of the driving engine”.

SPANISH PRIME MINISTER, MARIANO RAJOY

Ugandan tabloid prints list of top homosexuals PAUL ARHEWE

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Ugandan newspaper published a list yesterday of what it called the country’s “200 top” homosexuals, outing some Ugandans who previously had not identified themselves as gay one day after the president enacted a harsh antigay law. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday’s signing of the bill by President Yoweri Museveni marked “a tragic day for Uganda and for all who care about the cause of human rights” and warned that Washington could cut aid to the government of the East African nation. “Now that this law has been enacted, we are beginning an internal review of our relationship with the Government of Uganda to ensure that all dimensions of our engagement, including assistance programs, uphold our antidiscrimination policies and principles and reflect our values,” Kerry said in a statement. The Red Pepper tabloid published the names — and some pictures — of alleged homosexuals in a front-page story under the

Ugandan pupils from different schools taking part in an event organised by born-again Christians to celebrate the signing of a new anti-gay bill that sets harsh penalties for homosexual sex, at the Omega Healing Centre outside of Kampala, in Uganda, yesterday. PHOTO: AP

headline: “EXPOSED!” The list included prominent Ugandan gay activists such as Pepe Julian Onziema, who has repeatedly warned that Uganda’s new anti-gay law could spark violence against homosexuals. A popular Ugandan hip-hop star and a Catholic priest are also on the list. Few Ugandans identify them-

selves publicly as gay, and the tabloid’s publication of alleged homosexuals recalled a similar list published in 2011 by a nowdefunct tabloid that called for the execution of gays. A Ugandan judge later condemned the outing of homosexuals in a country where gays face severe discrimination, saying it amounted to an invasion of privacy. A prominent

Ugandan gay activist, David Kato, was killed after that list came out, and activists said at the time that they believed he was targeted because of his work promoting gay rights in Uganda. “The media witch hunt is back,” tweeted Jacqueline Kasha, a well-known Ugandan lesbian activist who is among those listed in the Red Pepper story.

Iran a threat not just to Israel –Merkel

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ermany views Iran as a potential threat not just to Israel, but also to European countries, Chancellor Angela Merkel said

yesterday at a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But she stopped short of endorsing her host’s

British minister to partake in Nigeria’s centenary

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ritish Minister for Africa, Mark Simmonds, will attend Nigeria’s centenary celebration this week, in his second visit as a minister. He will join President Goodluck Jonathan and other dignitaries to celebrate 100 years of the creation of Nigeria as a nation. At the centenary event, Simmonds will deliver a keynote speech in which he will address the potential for Africa and Nigeria’s future. “African choices in a new Nigerian century” will be the first of four speeches on the UK’s relationship with Africa that Simmonds plans

over the next few months. His four day programme will also include a visit to Lagos, where he will meet Governor Babatunde Fashola, and he will also visit British business at Port Harcourt to discuss opportunities and challenges in the Niger Delta. Speaking ahead of the visit Simmonds said: I am excited to be making my second visit to Nigeria and I am looking forward to representing the British Government at the 100 years celebrations. I bring with me the best wishes of the British people, including a message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

demand that Tehran give up all sensitive nuclear projects under any negotiated deal with world powers, and reiterated Berlin’s opposition to Israeli settlements on occupied land where the Palestinians seek statehood. Germany is Israel’s most important ally in Europe, where the Netanyahu government frets it is losing support given troubled peace talks with the Palestinians. That makes Merkel’s views a bellwether of European sentiment on Middle East issues. The German chancellor visited Jerusalem with her cabinet to mark almost 50 years of

bilateral ties with Israel, which was founded in part as a haven for survivors of the Holocaust. “We see the threat not just as a threat for the state of Israel but as a general threat for Europe as well,” she said of a potential Iranian bomb, adding that Germany would pursue international talks with Tehran on its nuclear activities. The diplomacy was kick-started with an interim deal in November, which Netanyahu

L-R: German Chancellor, Angela Merkel standing next to Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu after their joint news conference in Jerusalem, yesterday. PHOTO: REUTERS

blasted as an “historic mistake” for easing sanctions on Iran while leaving its infrastructure for enriching uranium and potentially producing plutonium. Iran says its nuclear projects are for peaceful needs. Netanyahu, whose country is widely believed to have the Middle East’s only atomic arsenal, acknowledged that world powers had “talked about the possibility of some enrichment” continuing in Iran as part of a final deal. “I think it’s a mistake,” he said. “Every single leader that I’ve talked to in the Middle East agrees with that position, whether they say so publicly or not. Why? Because if Iran really wants just civilian nuclear energy, then they don’t need any enrichment. They don’t need centrifuges.”

WORLD BULLETIN Kenya needs better security coordination after Westgate –Report Shoppers and shop assistants raise their hands as they are escorted to safety while armed police hunt for gunmen who went on a shooting spree in Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi, Kenya September 21, 2013. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic Shoppers and shop assistants raise their hands as they are escorted to safety while armed police hunt for gunmen who went on a shooting spree in Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi, Kenya September 21, 2013. A Kenyan parliamentary inquiry has called for a new body to coordinate between intelligence and security agencies after blaming poor communication and inadequate preparations for failures in handling the Westgate shopping mall attack. At least 67 people were killed in September when gunmen from the Somali militant group al Shabaab attacked a luxury shopping mall in the capital, tossing grenades, spraying shoppers with bullets and holding parts of the building for four days. The report by the parliamentary inquiry, seen by Reuters, said security services were warned about an impending attack but “there was general laxity among the police over terror alerts” in the run up to the September 21 raid.

ECOWAS finance ministers meet to conclude EPA negotiations West Africa’s ministers of finance and trade have adopted the compromise proposals for concluding the decade long negotiations of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union for a free trade area of the two regions. The impending agreement will replace the previous trade regimes between them and comply with the requirements of the World Trade Organisation. At the end of a meeting of the ministers under the aegis of the Ministerial Monitoring Committee (MMC) in Dakar, the ministers adopted the compromises proposed during the preceding meetings of senior officials and chief negotiators that had stalled the negotiations for about a year and urged Member States to undertake the necessary tax and economic reforms to ensure the development of their economies.


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CHANGE OF NAME

ALUMA: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Aluma Lilian Uzonwa, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Ugwu Lilian Uzonwa. All former documents remain valid. NYSC, UNN and general public take note.

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BOLOUKIYE: Formerly known and addressed as Miss.Boloukiye Oyeinlayefa, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs.Oyeinlayefa Kesiye Ezekiel. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.

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CONFIRMATION OF NAME

This is to confirm that Miss Ofili Amechi Rosemary and Miss Ofili Amechi Christabel are one person now Miss Ofili Amechi Christabel. All former documents remain valid. GT Bank and general public take note.

TAJUDEEN: Formerly known and addressed as Tajudeen Rasidat Abimbola, now wish to be known, called and addressed as Abimbola Rasidat Gbuyi-Fashoyin. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

MBUBA: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Mbuba Ebelechukwu, now wish to be known, called and addressed as Mrs Onukwube Ebelechukwu. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

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CHANGE OF NAME UGWU: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Ugwu Charity Nnenna, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Mba Charity Nnenna. All former documents remain valid general public take note.

MADUMELU: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Madumelu Geraldine Ukamaka, now wish to be known and addresses as Mrs Ngwu Geraldine Ukamaka. All former documents remain valid general public take note.

OLABODE: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Olabode Kehinde Omotola, now to be known and addressed as Mrs Fagbamila Kehinde Omotola. All former documents remain.valid. Ondo State Judiciary and general public take note.

CHANGE OF NAME BALOGUN: Formerly known and addressed as Balogun Magareat Adenike, now wish to be known, called and addressed as Okebiorun Magareat Adenike. General public should please take note.

EGUAVOEN: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Eguavoen Anthonia Idowu, now wish to be known, called and addressed as Mrs Izibili Anthonia Idowu. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

ITA: Formerly known and addressed as Patience Ita George, now wish to be known, called and addressed as Alumona Patience George. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

CHANGE OF NAME CHIDI: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Chidi Joyce Chika, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Chidindu Joyce Chika. All former documents remain valid.General public take note.

CHANGE OF NAME WENDE: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Nancy Wende, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Nancy Ngudoon Amkpila. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.

UGBOKA: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Caroline Nneka Ugboka, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Caroline Nneka Ettah. All former documents remain valid. General public should take note.

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NWANMUO: Formerly known and addressed as Miss.Nwanmuo Anthonia Nkeonylum, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs. Pumodie Anthonia Nkeonylum Ebitei. All former documents remain valid.General public take note.

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ODEBUNMI: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Odebunmi Omobolanle Shakirat, now wish to be known, called and addressed as Mrs Adeleye Omobolanle Shakirat. All former documents remain valid. General public should please tate note.

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PUBLIC NOTICE

PALACE OF REST CHURCH The general public is hereby notified that the above-named Church has applied to the Corporate affairs Commission(CAC),Abuja for registration under part C of the companies and Allied Matters Decree of 1990

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Rev.Mrs. Nwanneka Chukwudebelu 2. Pastor Hycinth Chukwudebelu 3. Mrs.Ebele Nwadioke

- Chairman

Any objection to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar-General Corporate Affairs Commission,plot 420 Tigris Crescent,Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street,Maitama,P.M.B. 198,Garki,Abuja within 28 days of this publication.

SIGNED: REV.MRS.NWANNEKA CHUKWUDEBELU

PUBLIC NOTICE INTERNATIONAL MILK AND HONEY GOSPEL CENTRE

The general public is hereby notified that the above-named Church has applied to the Corporate affairs Commission(CAC),Abuja for registration under part C of the companies and Allied Matters Decree of 1990

THE TRUSTEES ARE:

1. Rev. Dr. Akhigbe Aigbokhaode Mathew - Chairman 2. Mrs Charity Akhigbe 3. Godfrey Isaac 4. Evelyn Dike 5. Mrs. Augustina Okwuchi Arisa Any objection to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar-General Corporate Affairs Commission,plot 420 Tigris Crescent,Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street,Maitama,P.M.B. 198,Garki,Abuja within 28 days of this publication.

SIGNED: REV.DR. AKHIGBE AIGBOKHAODE MATHEW

PUBLIC NOTICE ANTHONY CHIBUIKE EZEIGBO FOUNDATION

The general public is hereby notified that the above named FOUNDATION has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja for registration under Part ‘C’ of the Companies and Allied Matters Act of 1990.

THE TRUSTEES ARE:

1. 2. 3.

CONFIRMATION OF NAME

This is to confirm that Mr. Morris Amechi Omeludike and Mr. Morris Amechi Ezeudemba are one person now Mr. Morris Amechi Ezeudemba. All former documents remain valid. Authorities Concerned and general public take note.

OKORO: Formerly known and addressed as Okoro Nathan Chidi, now wish to be known and addressed as Prince Aondona Apine Nathan. All former documents remain valid.General public take note.

CHANGE OF NAME

UMETALI: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Judith Ebele Umetali, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs. Judith Ebele Onyekwe. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.

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THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:

To support the education of less priviledge children in the society. To improve the health of the people in the rural area of Nigeria. To develop and promote welfare of our people in the state. Any objection(s) to the registration should be forwarded to the Registrar- General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja, within 28 days of this publication.

SIGNED: NNAMDI EZEIGBO (PRESIDENT)

UGWUEGBU: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Ugwuegbu Chioma Orjiugo, now wish to be known, called and addressed as Mrs Irechukwu Chioma Orjiugo. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

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IHENACHO: Formerly known and addressed as Mr Ihenacho Wilson Emeka, now wish to be known and addressed as Mr Nwaorgu Wilson Onyekachi. All former documents remain vaild. General public take note

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AWODEYI: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Awodeyi Caroline Bosede, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Makinwa Caroline Bosede. All former documents remain valid. Ondo State SUBEB and general public take note.

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LASISI: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Lasisi Rainat Olaitan, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Adegboyega Rainat Olaitan. All former documents remain valid, general public should please take note.

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AKINPELU: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Akinpelu Rukayat, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Abdullahi Rukayat. All former documents remain.valid. Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo and general public take note.

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IKUYINMINU: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Ikuyinminu Olatubokun, now to be known and addressed as Mrs Akinniran Olatubokun Victoria. All former documents remain.valid. NYSC, Adeyemi College of Education,Ondo and general public take note.

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ASIERIKA: Formerly known and addressed as Gloria Charles Asierika, now wish to be known and addressed as Amara Gloria Charles. All former documents remain valid. The general public should please take note.

ANIJEKE: Formerly known and addressed as Anijeke Joy Obianuju, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs. Chukwuekezie Joy Obianuju. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note.

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DAVID: Formerly known and addressed as Mr Onukwuru Chibundu Uchechukwu, now wish to be known and addressed as Mr Onukwuru Chibundu David Uchechukwu. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.

LOSS OF DOCUMENT

This is to inform the general public that the Original Certificate of Occupancy in the name of Prof. Ochapa Onazi over plot No. BN 8640 situated at Etenyi Village Igumale Ado Local Government Area, Benue State is missing. All efforts to trace the said missing document proved abortive. If found, please contact the nearest police station.

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RAINBOW CHARISMATIC CENTRE

This is to inform the General Public that the above named MINISTRY has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for registration under Part C of the Company and Allied Matters Act 1990.

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Sunday .N. Balogun, 2. Omolayo Balogun (Mrs), 3. Seun Akinyemi, 4. Godwin Isaac, 5. Kayode Leke, 6. James Adesuyi, 7. Ruth Adesuyi (Mrs).

THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:

1.To reach out to everyone everywhere with the Gospel of Christ. 2.To Establish worship centres in different location for christian development and edification. 3.To disciple believers in christ jesus for the work of evangelism. Any objection to the registration should be forwarded to the Registrar General,Corporate Affairs Commission,Plot 420 Tigris Crescent, Aguiyi Ironsi Street,Maitama,Abuja within 28 days of this publication.

SIGNED: BY SECRETARY

PUBLIC NOTICE GLORIOUS HEAVENLY FAMILY CHURCH (GHFC) The general public is hereby notified that the above named Church has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja for registration under part ‘C’ of the companies and Allied Matters Act No 1 of 1990.

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Rev. Nathaniel Ogbonnaya Animba 2. Rev. Sunday Animbachukwu 3. Pastor Mrs Uchechukwu Nathaniel 4. Bro Faith Animba 5. Deaconess Victoria Eduku 6. Madam Grace Okafor 7. Deacon Josephat Anyaulo 8. Emeka Ani

THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:

1. To propagate the gospel of Jesus Christ 2. To bear one another’s burden 3. To reconcile humanity back to God.

Any objection to the registration should be forwarded to the Registrar-general Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420 Tigris Crescent off Aguiyi Ironsi Street PMB 19 Maitama Abuja within 28 days of this publication.

SIGNED: REV. SUNDAY ANIMBACHUKWU

PUBLIC NOTICE

NOBLEVINES`OF GOD CHURCH

The general public is hereby informed that the above-named Church has applied to the Corporate affairs Commission(CAC),Abuja for registration under part C of the companies and Allied Matters Act 1990.

THE TRUSTEES ARE:

1. Pastor Christian Chukwuneke Nwoye 2. Mrs Glory Chinasa Nwoye

THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:

1.To preach the gospel of Christ 2.To convert souls to Christ

Any objection to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar-General Corporate Affairs Commission,plot 420 Tigris Crescent,Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street,Maitama,P.M.B. 198,Garki,Abuja within 28 days of this publication.

SIGNED: BARR.MRS UGOCHUKWU NDIGWE-OGBONNA

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CNPP chair: Presidency should revert to North HENRY IYORKASE MAKURDI

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he Chairman of Conference for All Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP in Benue State, Baba Agan, has insisted that the presidency should return to the North come 2015 as a sign of respect for equity in the country. He said such a move would also assist the nation “if only we are to maintain the culture of live and let live arrangement that would be visible among the ethnic nationalities in the country.” Speaking in an interview with National Mirror yesterday in Makurdi, the state capital, Agan said it would be healthy for one section of the country to enjoy its second term, “and when your time expires, you just have to relinquish the seat to the other person whose turn is due to oc-

cupy the mantle of leadership.” He emphasised the need for every Nigerian to set aside ‘parochial sentiment of nepotism’ and greed so as to move the country forward. According to the chairman, selfishness and materialism had blindfolded the leaders and followers who tend to deviate from telling the truth. Again, a chieftain of People’s Redemption Party, PRP, observed that the issue of who occupies political office along zonal lines was not new in the body politic of the nation, stressing that “there is no basis for anybody to clamour or insist to stay put when it is glaring that you are no longer needed.” “It is only in Nigeria that a leader will insist that no power or demons would stop us of a stage back. In democratic dispensation you don’t insist

NAFDAC to shut fake drug outlets in Nasarawa IGBAWASE UKUMBA LAFIA

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he National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, in Nasarawa State yesterday said it would soon carry out surveillance visits to drug outlets with a view to clamping down on fake drugs that are in circulation. The agency said it was already carrying out similar visits to bakeries and sachet water producing factories located in the state, which has led to the closure of some concerns that failed to comply with its guidelines. State coordinator of the agency, Martins Iluyomade, disclosed this in Lafia, the state capital, during an interactive session the agency held with members of the Nigeria Association of Patent Proprietor of Medicine Dealers, NAPPMED, Nasarawa State chapter. The coordinator, represented by the Chief Regulatory Officer, Ponmak Timothy Selbar, warned members of the association against sharp practices such as

dealing in expired and unregistered drugs. His words: “I want to make it clear that medicine dealers in the state should henceforth keep away from unregistered drugs, buying medicine from unregistered dealers and keeping drugs in places that do not have favourable conditions.” He lamented at the attitude of some medicine dealers who allegedly connive with gover nment health workers to divert treated mosquito nets meant for free distribution to members of the public, thereby sabotaging the efforts of gover nment towards eradicating malaria. State Chairman of NAPPMED, Kenneth Nnebeana, commended NAFDAC for the enlightenment programme, which according to him, “will empower the association to fight fake drug circulation in the state.” He disclosed that to ensure proper conduct of members, the association had in existence a task force that checkmates the activities of fake drug peddlers, in concert with the agency.

on ruling at all cost, but the reverse is the case where a leader stands aloof before his subjects, vowing that come rain or sunshine, he will return to power,” he stressed.

His words: “Quite frankly, when statements of this magnitude are being made, it scares some of us to wonder whether we are under democratic rule or military dictatorship.

“By every sense of humour, these statements just amount to leaders imposing themselves on the electorate. Whether you like it or not, that is what it simply means.”

The veteran governorship contender in the state observed that ahead of 2015, God would intervene in all the impediments to likely to breach peace and tranquility in the country.

Kaduna State Deputy Governor, Mr. Nuhu Bajoga (left) and Executive Secretary, Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, during the NEITI day at the ongoing 35th Kaduna International Trade Fair in Kaduna, yesterday.

Religious tension shouldn’t trigger war, says Gowon DANJUMA WILLIAMS GOMBE

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ormer Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, says unity, prayer and respect for one another’s religion is what Nigerians need to solve the problems confronting the nation. He made this declaration in Gombe while presiding over the ‘Nigeria Prays’ programme for the North-East region, assuring that God would rid the country of whatever problem that is confronting her now.

Gowon called on Nigerians to go back to God in prayers for solution to the country’s problems. He led sessions of prayer during which he urged Nigerians to continue to pray for the country and its leaders at all levels. The former head of state also called on politicians to avoid bitter politics and consider the interest of others and the nation first in all their activities, instead of seeking selfish gains. He advocated for religious tolerance among Ni-

gerians, warning that the religious tension in the country should not be allowed to degenerate into a religious war. Gombe State Deputy Governor, Tha’anda Jason Rubainu, who stood in for Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo, commended the former head of state for initiating the ‘Nigeria Prays’ programme, which he said, had gone a long way in uniting the country. He reiterated the call for citizens to be prayerful at all times, for God to move the country for-

ward. Speaking earlier, the North-East Zonal Coordinator of the programme, Rev. Daniel Kashibu, had explained that the objective was for citizens to pray for the peace, unity and progress of the land. The prayer session was used to thank God for establishing and sustaining Nigeria for over 100 years. Special prayers were also offered for the indivisibility, sanctity, righteousness, social order, good governance and transformation of the country.

My victory’ll boost concentration -Wada WALE IBRAHIM LOKOJA

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ogi State Governor, Idris Wada, has disclosed that his victory at the Supreme Court would spur him to concentrate on people-oriented projects in the development of the state. He was speaking yesterday at the Government House, Lokoja, the state capital, while addressing party supporters on arrival from Abuja after his victory at the Supreme Court over his eligibility as the party’s candidate in the December

3, 2011 governorship poll in the state. According to him, the Supreme Court’s verdict showed that the court is the last hope for the common man, He said the judgment would further strengthen the electoral system and consolidate democracy in the country. “Now that litigation is over, it will afford us the opportunity to sit down and work for the state and the people. We would now have time to pursue developmental projects that will impact positively on the lives of the people,” the governor said. He urged the opposition

to join hands with him in his efforts to develop the state to be one of the leading and most developed states in the country, saying it requires the efforts and commitment of all the citizenry to be able achieve that. “Let us all now go home and do the work we have to do for Kogi State. Every one of you must have to renewed his ambition, commitment and focus for the state. Let spread the message of unity, peace and togetherness. “The judiciary is where we are supposed to venti-

late our grievances and anger and once judgment is given by the highest court, no other interpretation can be given again. We have won for democracy and for the people of Kogi State. It is time for us to forge ahead,” he said. Wada added that he bore no grudge against anyone over what he called ‘the spurious allegation’ made against his person. He said with the clean bill given to him by the apex court, he is now better focused to face the task of delivering the gains of democracy to the people.


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The most arm-linked people to stand up simultaneously is 45 and was achieved by Mahesh Navale Karate Group (India) on the set of Guinness World Records - Ab India Todega in Mumbai, India, on 26 March 2011.

Sanusi: When a god falls

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hen a god falls, it is left for mere mortals to weep their bosoms empty. And so it has been with the recent crash of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the interdicted Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). One thing that never ceases to amaze me is the sudden aura of invincibility which Sanusi brought to bear on the office while he held imperial court. I have always wondered whether the CBN as presently constituted is still the same one that came into existence in 1959 by an Act of Parliament, and even if his predecessors ever knew of the enormous powers invested in the office but naively and timidly refused to flaunt them with careless abandon. Thanks to Lamido Sanusi, who has given Nigerians the opportunity to peep into the imperious world of Central Bank governors and even emboldened

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them to question the lack of grandeur and panache of his predecessors, who were not only lacklustre with no defined ambitions, but moreover a set of self effacing ‘robots’ that preferred living like little fishes in an ocean of infinite power and majesty. Before now, not many citizens ever realised that the Central Bank is an independent institution whose head is not answerable to any other superintending authority in the land. Of course, we now know that the governor reserves an untrammeled power to dole out vast sums of the nation’s money to any project or enterprise that catches his fancy, and is not under any obligations to explain the rationale for it. The former French emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte was famous as saying, that every office is always occupied by two types of personalities: one that shrinks the office to match his size and another that enlarges it to suit his ego. Lamido Sanusi belongs to the latter. Right from when he was nominated by the late President, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua to replace the then outgoing Prof. Charles Soludo as Central Bank governor, Sanusi never hid his disdain for the arcane and staid world of banking. For him, the institution should not only concern itself with the everyday regulation and management of monetary policies, but must go further and employ the medium as a veritable pulpit for making political pronouncements, even when it runs against the grains of the charter establishing it. Sanusi is not your everyday banker in gray suits who should be seen and not

SANUSI WILL BE DOING US A WORLD OF GOOD IF HE RETIRES GRACEFULLY TO PURSUE HIS PET POLITICAL PROJECT WITH THE OPPOSITION heard. Even at this, there is no rule limiting his association with politician, as everyone in government must have political preference to survive. Ever since taking over the reins at the apex bank, he has seen every of his actions from the prism of black and white with no blurred line in between. This is so because his sympathy has always been with the opposition that is hell bent on wresting power from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and by extension, President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015. And in wanting to align with this group, Sanusi has tried to engage in high drama under the guise of presenting himself as a public crusader against corruption. His present dilemma stemmed from the fact that he alerted the country on the so-called missing $40 billion from the Federation Account, which resulted from the inability of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) to remit same to the Central Bank. With this revelation, Nigerians would have taken to the streets in protest against

such benumbing level of malfeasance in a government-owned institution. This is even more worrying when it is known that the agency is responsible for generating more than 90 percent of the country’s revenue. In a country that lacks electricity and with an unemployment of more than 70 percent, such ‘missing fund’ is enough to fix all decrepit infrastructures in the country and keep it on the road to sustainable growth. But this is not the first time the Dan Majen Kano has been raising false alarm over missing phantom funds. Sanusi had earlier accused NNPC of stealing $49 billion but later admitted mathematical miscalculation in his allegation and amended it to $12 billion just before he raised another kind of criminal allegation concerning the financial malpractices noticed with the administration of the kerosene subsidy by the NNPC’s officials, which he puts at $20 billion as money stolen or diverted. For a Central Bank governor, who publicly sings like weaver bird on matters that border on the country’s economy, it is high time to let him know that such public relations stunts are not doing any good for his image and the country. It is even pertinent to ask what informed his decision to donate a whooping N10 billion to Dan Fodio University, Sokoto and another N4 billion to Bayero University, Kano while leaving out other academic institutions in the country. For those screaming blue murder over the suspension, it is worth knowing that the 1997 amended decree brought the CBN back under the Ministry of Finance in respect to the supervision and control of bank and other financial institutions. The amendment placed enormous powers on the Finance Ministry, while leaving the CBN with a subjugated role and with little room to exercise discretionary powers. Sanusi will be doing us a world of good if he retires gracefully to pursue his pet political project with the opposition. He cannot be running with the hares and hunting with the hounds.

Sport Extra

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cotland’s Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robinson, has announced that a Pride House will be open for the duration of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow to accommodate gay athletes.

Glasgow 2014 welcomes gay athletes Located in Albion Street in Glasgow’s Merchant City, the House, led by LEAP Sports Scotland, will welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) athletes, fans and visitors throughout the Games,

providing a welcoming place to view the competitions, and enjoy the events and cultural programmes planned around thecompetition. “Scotland is taking centre stage this year in global terms

as host of the Commonwealth Games, Ryder Cup, Homecoming Scotland and MTV Europe Awards,” Robison, who is also MinisterforEquality,said. “This provides us with a unique opportunity to welcome

theworldandalsoshowcaseour country’s many great strengths toatrulymassiveaudience. “The Scottish Government is providing almost £25,000 to support Pride House during Games time,” she added.

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